South’n France opened its headquarters in the little pink house on Orange Street in Wilmington, NC, back in 2006. The owners–a Frenchman and a Southern belle have turned a family recipe into exquisite handmade bonbons that embody the spirit of the South and France.
“In France, bonbon is the universal world for candy,” says Pascal Siegler (the Frenchman) and husband of Charlene Dupray (the Southern belle) who grew up in Wilmington and graduated from New Hanover High School. “But from a French culinary perspective, the bonbon is defined as a sweet dough or confection that has been dipped in an outer layer of chocolate. What makes our product unique is that we don’t have any preservatives or chemicals in our chocolate.”
Using her grandmother’s family recipe for handmade chocolate candy, Charlene and Pascal began experimenting with what is now their signature flavor–the Peanut Buttah Bon Bon. They’ve since added six other flavors including: Coconut, Pistachio, Cookies & Cream, Cafe au lait, Fudge Brownie, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough which they sell online from their website, at local and statewide events, and which will soon be available for sale at local Port City Java’s to pair with your favorite coffee! (Coming to Leland’s Port City Java around March/April of this year).
Be sure to check out their website and place your Valentine order early to please that special chocoholic on your list!