Apparently French people love chocolate bears.
I didn’t know that. This is why I love traveling (or, when I’m not traveling, it’s why I love writing about traveling). Because you learn about all these little quirks and qualities in other cultures.
Now, about these chocolate bears in France. Like many countries around the world, France is in tough shape economically. That, however, hasn’t stopped French people from devouring confectioneries—the sweets industry in France continues to grow at 8% a year.
And they especially love their chocolate bears. Specifically the ones known as “oursons guimauve,” which is loosely translated as bear cubs made of marshmallow. These beloved candies are small chocolate-covered marshmallow bears, about the size of a metro ticket. And they’re celebrating their 50th birthday this year.
French people eat 400 million of these chocolate bears every year. Any way you look at it, that’s a huge number of chocolate bears. For many older people, a bite into one of these bears brings them back to their childhood. I can relate to that. I feel the same way when I eat Lifesavers.
Apparently, the famous French chocolate bears have just been released in the US too, which has some French people grumbling. It remains to be seen if we Americans will embrace the "oursons guimauve" with as much gusto as the French have.