A long time French favorite, the pâte de fruit is a little jewel-like confection bursting with fruit. The deep dark purple color comes from the local marionberry, a sweeter, juicier version of the common blackberry.
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I enjoyed these yummy confections over the course of a couple of days, and tried them with different teas over these samplings. Two different teas stood out as an outstanding pairing. First, I recommend this Organic Gurance from Butiki Teas. These fruity candies gave an interesting dimension to the malty tones of the tea and really accented the fruit notes of the tea as well. The second tea I’d recommend is this delicious Sweet Roast Green Tea from Mauna Kea Tea. The toasty notes of the tea added an interesting contrast to the sweetness of the confection.
What I Think:
If you have a sweet tooth, you may want to read more about this product. If you don’t really care for the sweet stuff, this may not be the treat for you.
That is my way of stating up front that these are incredibly sweet. Almost too sweet. They are covered in sugar, and with my first bite, it almost felt like I was biting into a sugar cube.
But, that’s not to say that I dislike these, because I do like them. But they are really sweet, and I can’t eat more than two or three at any one time. After that, I can begin to really feel the sugar on my teeth.
All that being said … these are also an incredible tribute to the Marionberry. Inside the coating of sugar lies a gelled mash-up of Marionberries, and that part of these confections tastes just like the berry. If the sugar were somehow removed from the confection, you’d have a pure Marionberry flavor. I even came across a seed or two, and even though I’m not particularly fond of berry seeds because they tend to get stuck between my teeth, I didn’t find these to be bothersome, and seemed to lend some authenticity to the candy. That is to say, it allowed me to somehow justify eating these sweet treats, because at least part of this was fruit-like.
My Final Thoughts:
Even though they are very sugary, I find these to be enjoyable in small amounts. My interest is piqued at some of the other varieties of pâte de fruit that Willamette Valley Confectionery offers. Right now, it appears that they have a “City of Roses” basket of fruit, which is rose infused pear pâte de fruit. Sounds yummy!