The aroma of melted sugar and picturesque production process add to the town atmosphere
without artificial colours
Possibility to attend group events
and demonstrations on Berlingot sweet making.
A little history
The history of the berlingot in Cauterets is closely linked to the baths whose sulfur water was used to soothe throat ailments. At the beginning of the 19th century, these sweets were recommended by some doctors to reduce the sulfuric taste of the water whilst the sugar also optimized the benefits of the cure.Back then, all the Pyrenean spas had their Berlingot sweet factory.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Cauterets was the largest spa town in France. Along with curists, thousands of pilgrims to Lourdes added to the number of visitors who came to visit the town and the Pont D'Espagne. A dozen Berlingot factories were then created, today only four remain. The sweet smell of this colourful activity added to the town's atmosphere and still today attracts crowds of visitors.
The mix of water, sugar and glucose syrup, flavoured and cooked to 150 °, is poured onto a marble table. This mixture is cooled until the sugar mix reaches a certain consistency.
This mixture is worked to obtain several shades of colours or stripes. Then, pulled into a strip, it passes through a "berlingotière" to obtain the final berlingot shape. And now, time to taste them...
The berlingot is a hard and translucent sweet that comes in the form of small pyramids of different colours and is always streaked with white. A must to take home in your suitcase!