The village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain nestles securely on a prominent hilltop overlooking the soft valleys of Burgundy’s Côte-d’Or. As one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, it offers all the history and ambiance that you’d expect, ancient fortified stone walls and gates, medieval buildings, narrow lanes over-looked by a mélange of characterful private houses and ecclesiastical buildings.
Situated in an ancient Benedictine abbey, the manufacture of the candies of Anis de Flavigny can be found.
Anise candies were first made by the Benedictine monks of the abbey of Flavigny (founded in 719), as reported by the Roman traveller Flavius.
After the French revolution, several confectioners began making this delicacy using the same recipe. Only one manufacturer remains today at the abbey, Maison Troubat, who claims to follow a recipe which has been in use since 1591.
Each candy is made in a dragee process starting with a single anis seed. Over a period of 15 days it is covered with successive coats of flavored sugar syrup. The finished candy is always called “Anis” by its makers, even when the flavor is one of violet, rose, mint, jasmine, liquorice, or orange instead of anise.
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