Berlingots

Written by Provence Confidential. Posted in Tours & things to do

Berlingots

Berlingots, small stripped triangular candies, have been manufactured in the city of Carpentras for centuries. There is a legend that states that Pope Clément V invented the Berlingots of Carpentras in 1310.

Made from all natural flavors and colors, the entire range including coffee, lemon, orange, anis, mint, lavender, cherry and strawberry can be purchased throughout Provence and beyond thanks to on-line sales.  There are different theories regarding the origin of the name Berlingot. Some believe it’s a play on the birth name of Pope Clement V (Bertrand de Got).

Berlingots production soared after WWII which had brought the trade to a halt due to sugar shortages. With as many as 30 shops in the 1960s there are still two families in Carpentras who continue to perpetuate the tradition. These two shops produce between 70 and 80 tons of Berlingots a year.  You can  purchase some at the Clavel shop in the heart of the city but if you want to see them being made contact: The Confiserie du Mont Venoux at www.berlingots.net