Imagine...creating chocolate to make Marie-Antoinette's medicine taste better!
Even more creative than the bubble gum flavored cough syrup my granddaughter prefers.
Sulpice Debauve ( born in 1757) was the chemist ( medicine maker) for King Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette.
When Marie-Antoinette complained of the taste of her medicines...he devised a mixture of cocoa, cane sugar, and medicine into coin shape disc.
Marie-Antoinette named them "Pistoles"...French name given to a Spanish gold coin from 1537.
Debauve created a variety of flavors....almond milk, the Queen's favorite and Louis XVI preferred the vanilla.
In 1800, Debauve left his small pharmacy and opened his first chocolate shop 30, Rue des Saints-Peres in Saint Germain.
Napoleon's personal architects designed the interior....antique marble columns and half moon counter, remaining today in the shop.
In 1823, he added another chemist , his nephew, Jean-Baptiste Auguste Gallais and together started distributing their "healthy chocolates" of almond milk, vanilla, and orange blossom.
named "Debauve & Gallais"
Shop window filled now with temptations!
Even small boxes of 10 "Pistoles", including a variety of their flavors.
I am sampling before selecting flavors for my granddaughters...
Will explain...even Marie-Antoinette liked her medicine flavored !