Very Belgian – Le Cuberdon


More Belgium for you: le cuberdon. I doubt the name has any translation, but if it does please let me know.

Where do I start? I ignored both the cuberdons and the fact they are Belgian. A small survey though made me realize they are amongst Belgians (my colleagues) favorite sweets. As a sweet, as a snack or at the movies. Obviously I had to go out and buy some. Not knowing what to expect I didn’t go for the half kilo bag of cuberdons, but bought a small bag of 8. Gummy, red, weirdly shaped – what are these cuberdons?

They are cone shaped candies dating back to the 19th century, made of sugar, Arabic gum, and gelatin. The original flavoring was of raspberries, however tastes changed over time, and they come now in over 20 flavors.

I tried a cuberdon too. Hard on the outside, soft and gooey on the inside. The cuberdons I bought, were blackcurrant flavored. Although I thought they’d be the original raspberry flavored ones. My very personal non-Belgian tasting notes: too sweet to even think of having a second one. Ever. I can see though the appeal of the hard gum and the gooey center. Just too sweet.

But as Belgian products go, I think they are worth a try. Which makes me ask: are you a cuberdons lover or hater?

Previously featured on Very Important Belgian: 
La Biere
Le Vin
Les Asperges
Le Speculoos
Le Sirop de Liege

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