August 16, 2014


At the weekly neighborhood market, I witnessed the Cuberdon revival. 
In Dutch it is known as "a neus (nose), in French, chapeau-de-curé and chapeau-de-prêtre (priest's hat).  According to tradition, the recipe of the cuberdon was discovered by chance by the Ghent pharmacist De Vynck in 1873. In order to increase the shelf life of drugs at the time, many were packaged in the form of syrup. When the pharmacist examined a failed preparation after a few days, he found that it had formed a crust, while the core was still liquid. From this discovery came the idea to use such a technique to manufacture candy"