Aristocratic and medicinal history of iconic Vichy sweets

Vichy Pastilles have come a long way since they were first sold in pharmacies in one Auvergne town in 1825

Sweets were first sold as an aid to digestion more than 190 years ago. Today, 1,500 tonnes of the confection are produced and sold in supermarkets, but the lozenges have still not lost their medicinal - or aristocratic - heritage

The Vichy Pastille is one of three iconic French 'expat' sweets that could soon return home, if an international deal goes ahead.

The pastilles, along with Carambars and La Pie Qui Chante, are produced every year by American firm Mondelez - formerly known as Kraft - but talks are under way with French investment company Eurazeo, which wants to buy them - along with Viother famous French confections - and produce them under a European label.

Carambars were created by happy accident in ...

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