Sugar in all its forms

If you liked Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you’ll love the Conservatoire de la Confiserie in Amboise. Nougat, calissons, pralines, berlingots, caramels, sugared almonds, pastilles… a magician with sugar, Nicolas Viollet has created a world of sweet indulgence on the banks of the Loire.

The Conservatoire de la Confiserie – how it all began

At the age of 16, many young people dream of buying a scooter. Nicolas, though, set his heart on… a calisson machine! Yes, this passion for confectionery has a long history. It’s in his blood, because his father and grandfather before him were in the same business.

Now, many years later, he’s put together a collection of around 2,000 exhibits in this unusual museum in Amboise – including a number of two-tonne machines. Some of them are antiques, such as the 1910 roller for making lollipops. The sugar cooker, sugared almond machine and tablet press are similarly old.

Nicolas Viollet

Nicolas Viollet

A delicious collection...

A delicious collection...

Demonstration

Demonstration

The Conservatoire de la Confiserie

The Conservatoire de la Confiserie

A mouthwatering experience

A hint of magic fills the air as the eager and expectant audience watches the confectioners demonstrate their know-how, giving detailed explanations and often using locally sourced products, such as honey. The wonderful aroma brings a twinkle to the eye of young and old alike.

Conservatoire de la confiserie - Amboise, Loire Valley, France.

A visit that’s particularly popular with kids…

And the cherry on the cake… your visit ends with an opportunity to sample some still-warm sweet treats. A moment of sheer pleasure – and one you can repeat again and again, if you pick up a few goodies from the shop. In this Conservatoire de la Confiserie, Amboise has a great new attraction to discover alongside its prestigious châteaux, the Ambacia wine cellars, a Michelin-starred restaurant (Le Château de Pray), the Loire by bike cycle route, and the nearby aquarium. Yes, the list’s getting rather long!

And, what’s more, Loches also boasts another long-established confectionery shop: the Confiserie Hallard. So you won’t be able to return from your holidays in the Touraine without a few sweet souvenirs.

Demonstration and tasting

Demonstration and tasting

A few sweets for the journey...

A few sweets for the journey...

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