Bonbons & Fraises Tagada

Bonbons & Fraises Tagada

Inspired by Jill’s question (Why would anyone name a strawberry-flavored marshmallow after hoof beats?), I have gone looking for Fraises Tagada.

As usual, this entailed much suffering and sacrifice for your sake on my part.

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(Can you spot the Fraises Tagada?)

I looked high, and discovered that French gourmets have experimented with Fraises Tagada in all kinds of concoctions: macarons, îles flottantes, vodka cocktails.

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(Long ropy marshmallows again! Not handmade this time, though.)

I looked low and discovered that this Fraise Tagada inspires All Kinds of Passions. I will not go into them here. This is not that kind of site.

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(Have you found the Fraises Tagada yet?)

But nowhere did I find the hoof beat explanation.

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(No, no. Those aren’t Fraises Tagada! They just look like strawberries, but they are not the Real Thing.)

Therefore I have given up and will now have to go eat candy to console myself. Unfortunately NONE OF THESE CANDIES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE U.S.!!!

What is up with that?

I am not EVEN going to show you a picture of the chocolate aisle in any average Carrefour in France because it would break your heart.Let’s just concentrate on the Fraises Tagada for now.

There they are…

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They look so discreet for the most popular candy in France. Maybe they’re hiding from Vampire Bunnies behind that spoon?

Or just holding some Fraises Tagada academic conference on the origins of their name?

(Photos:� A glimpse of a typical candy vendor such as you find at some Paris street corners or places.� This one is at Odéon.I realize it’s not that great for hygiene, but wouldn’t that be fun, to still have that kind of candy vendor in the U.S.?)

15 Comments
  • Oh Laura. There goes my diet again! lol! 😀

    I wonder if Tagada is a corruption of some other name?

    July 18, 2007 at 9:05 am
  • You are so good to sacrifice yourself for the sake of us; it is much appreciated 🙂

    July 18, 2007 at 9:55 am
  • Akkkk you are making my mouth water. Why can’t we have tha kind of stuff here in the US. Well at lest you got to eat if for us xoxoxo Clarice

    July 18, 2007 at 10:51 am
  • Thanks again for your sacrifices in the name of art…eating…and fantasy candylands! Although it may break my heart, I for one would LOVE the sweet torture of the chocolate aisle photo… I’m not a life-long fan of *Wuthering Heights* for nothing:)

    July 18, 2007 at 3:28 pm
  • I’m just thinking you and Sebastien might start importing some of these sweets for us poor undersweetened folks. Our sugar can’t all come from our iced tea! And hey, don’t be bashful about showing those aisles of chocolate…I think I am strong enough to handle it.

    July 18, 2007 at 4:33 pm
  • Hi Laura 😀

    I was wondering, the Fraises Tagada, c’est last long réglisse plate, right? I love those!!!

    July 18, 2007 at 4:48 pm
  • Les fraises Tagada can be bought wrapped in grocery stores. I think haribo makes them, but for some readon they don’t distribute them in the U.S. Why oh why? It ‘s the one candy I ask my mother to bring to me when she visits. Okay, and the oursons (little marshmallow bears covered in milk chocolate… and of course I have to get some carambars.. and some marons glaçés… and…

    July 18, 2007 at 6:21 pm
  • It’s SO nice to know people understand my sense of sacrifice. Sometimes I hear mocking comments, but the support from you all fortifies me to continue on.

    Nath, the Fraises Tagada are the little red ones by the réglisse–they are strawberry flavored. Isn’t it funny how French licorice and American “licorice” are nothing at all alike? American licorice has been tamed down so much. (Unless you find special gourmet licorice.)

    And me, too, for the oursons, Corine! They are one of my favorites. None of the other brands that imitate are as good.

    I am making a list of the things to import! Guimauves, candy…now what did I forget? Oh, yes! Chocolate!

    July 18, 2007 at 7:10 pm
  • I’m sensing another career here, no? I once met a family with relatives in Italy, who then began importing wonderful organic products, which I can now find on the shelf of my local Whole Foods. I don’t know, Laura, this seems a perfect match. Who better to introduce Americans to these French delicacies?

    July 18, 2007 at 9:13 pm
  • Sooooooooooooo ?
    Did you BUY any?
    Did you EAT any?
    You didn’t say….?
    Hmmmm….
    Keeping us guess like any good author would I bet!

    July 21, 2007 at 5:18 am
  • Oops, Sébastien says, Nath, that ithose strips by the Fraises tagada aren’t réglisse. I thought they were, too, but he says they’re Coca-Cola flavored.

    August 2, 2007 at 9:58 am
  • Ohhh, the candies! Yes, Haribo makes the fraises in little packages, and NO!! the stinkers do not import them. Plus, it is sooo hard to find that good sour sugar-coated coca-coal flavored anything! My favorites are the little coke bottles that are sour coated, the little fluffy wafer-discs filled with sour powdered sugar, the sugared violets, roses, verbena, and the REAL sour gummies! Oh, I drool…
    And i miss CARREFOUR- my little French replacement of Wal-mart, with a real seafood market, an entire aisle dedicated to sweets, chocolates, and candies, liquor (in a store other than anABC- gasp!), and girls on rollerskates doing price checks- I love it!!! *sigh*

    January 6, 2008 at 10:11 pm
  • HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I can’t find a full description of what these candies are anywhere. Everyone says they’re strawberry flavored, and made by Haribo-but what are they? Strawberry flavored marshmallows like the larger “copy” I’m thinking? Or are they gummi? Covered in strawberry tart sugar? That’s what I’m thinking, but I dunno-SOMEONE HELP!!!!! Please! Not even the macaron “Fraises Tagada” flavored recipes are really giving me a true idea of what the actual little candy is made of-Help an American girl out! We need these here! This is insane! They must be fabulous…

    HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 9, 2010 at 9:23 pm
  • Bonjour, Penny :). They’re more like a marshmallow covered with strawberry sugar, a little tart but not too. Not like gummi bears at all. My real love is chocolate, but all these Haribo candies we don’t get in the US are so FUN when you’re wandering around in France. (And I do have a weakness for those banana-flavored ones, I admit.)

    November 9, 2010 at 9:32 pm
  • good day, I sent an message to you about this post, its not coming thru for me. Can you contact me when you get a chance.

    December 12, 2010 at 2:09 pm

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