French figures: The most controversial pastry in France

French figures: The most controversial pastry in France
Some (us) might say you haven't lived properly before you have tasted one of these. Photo: AFP
One of the most controversial pastries in France is so delicious that some might say it is in itself a good enough reason to move here.

If you have ever sunk your teeth into a soft, warm pain au chocolat fresh from the oven, you will know what we're talking about. 

This exquisite pastry, found in any boulangerie in any French city, town or village (unless they have run out) is arguably one of the major perks of living in France.

But in some French cities, asking for a pain au chocolat could potentially cause a stir.

The reason is that some parts of France staunchly preach a no-pain au chocolat policy. It doesn't mean they don't eat it, they just call it chocolatine instead.

 

In the southwest, around Bordeaux, some boulangeries seem to take the rivalry so seriously that they charge more for a pain au chocolat than a chocolatine.

 

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The majority of the French would say pain au chocolat, at least according to one website entirely devoted to the topic. 

Although chocolatine-supporters would insist that a pain au chocolat – which directly translates as 'chocolate bread' – looks like this:

 

But recently some have pointed out that the “real impostor” was neither of the two French variants, but the American newcomer: the “chocolate croissant”.

 

This article is part of The Local France's 2020 virtual advent calendar – every day until Christmas we will be presenting you with a person or object that has a particular significance to life in France. 

 


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