Bon Bons in America have long been cliché for the snack that house wife’s sit around snacking on while watching soap operas and neglecting their house duties. Break up with your boyfriend and your bestie will arrive with bon bons, a chick flick, and some wine whilst you climb into bed and cry about what was. Typically, the ‘bon bon’ that we relate to in America is coated in chocolate. Though the bon bon’s origin dates back to the 17th century France, most countries have their own variations which makes this snack a universal treat.
In Italy, the bon bon is a candy offered in a wide variety of flavors and forms from hard candies to sugar coated. The string that binds this fun-filled snack is that they are round, coated on the outside, and have some sort of surprise filling in the center. Today, we are featuring a bon bon ready made called Bombottini® made by a the company Cedrinca.
These tiny little snacks are hard candies with an explosive citrus juice filling. They come in orange, lemon, mandarin, and cedar flavors. Cedar flavor? That’s pretty unique! While these are a departure from what we traditionally think about the bon bon, they still provide that tiny little circle of pure joy for that split second, until you eat the second, and turn on repeat until you feel like your teeth are going to fall out. Though I wouldn’t exactly refer to these snacks as healthy, I would say they are slightly more healthy than what I grew up knowing to be the bon bon.
The next time your friend is in need of a little sweet therapy, bring these. It’ll add a new smile to the face of the recipient, and you’ll bring a new element to the cliche that we are accustomed to. Plus, they are far more economical at less than $2.50 a bag.
Origin: Bon Bons: France late 17th Century
Good For: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Anyone
Available: Italian Markets, Specialty Grocers, Online
Local to South Florida? You can find them at Doris’ Italian Market in Sunrise, Hollywood, Coral Springs, Pembroke Pines, and Boca Raton, FL.