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La spécialité gastronomique de Valence : Le Suisse



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  • French


This 200-year-old Valence favourite is effectively a ’shortbread man’ flavoured with confit orange peel and orange blossom. Its unusual shape is said to have been inspired by the death of Pope Pius VI in 1799. It is said that a Valence baker came up with the biscuit in tribute to the soldiers of the Vatican’s Swiss Guard, who guarded the pope’s remains. Its fun shape appeals to children, but its delicious flavour makes it a hit with adults too! A suisse makes a tasty treat at any time of day, particularly when washed down with a cup of tea or coffee

The story goes that a baker in Valence wanted to use this cookie to pay tribute to the Vatican's Swiss Guards, who accompanied his body. In addition to its playful shape, its gourmet notes will delight the taste buds of young and old alike. Le suisse can be eaten at any time of day, and goes particularly well with tea or coffee.

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