Candied Chestnuts

Ephemera entrances. On the inside cover of a box of Motta Marrons glacés one finds a beautiful silhouette (gold on blue) of castanea sativa, the chestnut tree, and to the side of the illustration is a passage from Robert Bourdu, Le Châtaignier that ends on this sentence:

Son fruit, autrefois appelé le pain des pauvres, est devenu un trésor gourmand, le marron glacé.

Captivating, to consider the role of sugar (and empire) in transforming pauper's food into luxury item.

And so for day 177