The words “Bonbon Barnier” seem to just flow out of my mouth when the discussion turns to lollipops (or what the French call sucettes). Maison Barnier is a 130 year old family company (established 1885) located in St. Etienne du Rouvray in the Normandy region of France, dedicated to creating quality confections using traditional ingredients and methods. Almond-shaped (large) with a short stick, the BonBon Barnier sucette was invented in 1922 and became very popular with children and remains so generations later.
In the US, two types of Bonbon Barnier lollipops are available: fruit-flavored and salted caramel. Bonbon Barnier fruit-flavored lollipops (cherry, grape, lemon, strawberry apple, and orange) are primarily made with sugar, glucose syrup, and citric acid, along with anthocyanins (water-soluble pigments found in many plants including berries and fruits), paprika extract, and curcumin (a turmeric). Each lollipop tastes like just like the fruit it is named after because it has been flavored with the essence of fruit.
The Salted Caramel lollipop is made with concentrated milk, butter, and Guerande sea salt. This creamy lollipop is wrapped in a decorative cover referred to as Faïencerie d’Art Breton Quimper (loosely translated to mean the French art design of the pottery made in Quimper, France).
Each lollipop (14 grams or 1/2 ounce) is individually wrapped in a decorative plastic covering that ties at both the tip and the base of the sucette. Bonbon Barnier lollipops can be purchased on-line at Formaggio Kitchen (www.formaggiokitchen.com) where a variety of selections are offered including 5 piece ($3.95), 6 piece ($4.50), 30 piece ($20.95), 60 piece ($41.95), and 200 piece ($135.95) packets.
A Touch of Europe (www.touchofeurope.net) sells gift boxes filled with assorted lollipops: 1/2 pound or about 16 lollipops ($12.99), 1 pound or about 32 lollipops ($22.99), and 2 pound or about 64 lollipops ($43.99), with free shipping for all orders over $50. Amazon (www.amazon.com) also sells a 12 piece selection for $13-$14 with free shipping.