This 2-Ingredient French Snack Is the Most Surprising (and Delicious) Way to Eat a Baguette

published Apr 23, 2023
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Traditional French cuisine is filled with a world of different flavors, ingredients, techniques, and textures. While some classic dishes are often thought of as highly technical, some of the tastiest French foods are also the simplest. 

This is where the beloved French tradition of le goûter comes in. The word goûter means “to taste”; le goûter, on the other hand, refers to a French tradition in which kids often have an afternoon snack or treat, usually consisting of some classic food combinations. And one of the most common treats enjoyed for le goûter involves two interesting ingredients: a split baguette (or viennoise nature) filled with small squares of chocolate. It’s an incredibly simple pairing, but one that’s not to be forgotten about.

I first came across this snack via an Instagram video, in which influencer French Teacher Carlito explains the tradition of le goûter and demonstrates the construction of the sweet sandwich combo. His version includes a viennoise nature (a French bread sold at bakeries that resembles a traditional baguette) with squares of dark chocolate stuffed inside it. 

Although you can go to your local bakery or Starbucks and get a pain au chocolat, you can also go the easier route and try this simple but sweet alternative. The combination of a fluffy, freshly baked French bread mixed with high-quality chocolate is a combination you probably wouldn’t have thought of, but is totally delicious.

You could switch things up by using whichever type of chocolate you prefer, whether that is dark or milk chocolate, or even chocolate with nuts in it. Comments on the video say to add a spread of Normandy butter, which is made from cows in the French region renowned for its butter production. Try out this clever yet straightforward snack hack and see for yourself!