are just gumdrops for adults, after all, but oh, what gumdrops
they are! Done right, pate de fruits are juicy sugar-encrusted gels that burst in your mouth with all the intensity of
just picked fruit. There should be
nothing gummy about them; good pate de fruits almost melt in your
mouth with ripe concentrated flavor.
as the name suggests, pates de fruits are a French thing – most often found at
tony patisseries, chocolatiers, or specialty food shops like Fauchon. But we are grabbing a few days of vacation with
friends in one of our favorite spots, Bandon, Oregon, and besides being on the stunning Oregon coast with
several world class links courses on its doorstep, Bandon is home to
Cranberry Sweets, maker of fabulous, luminous all-American pates de fruits.
pates de fruits at Cranberry Sweets come in cranberry, of course, but that is
just for starters. Walk into the shop in
old town Bandon and sample a few others. Pink grapefruit, orange, key lime, merlot, marionberry, raspberry, lemon
meringue pie – your mouth puckers up and your taste buds cry uncle before you
have tasted a fraction of the bounty on hand.
are other cranberry sweets in the shop as well, with nuts and chocolate and all
manner of good things. If your path
isn’t taking you to Bandon in the near future (and that would be a pity) you
can stock up on Cranberry Sweets pates de fruits right here. Enjoy.