Chestnut cream and candied chestnuts are sweet treats that we owe to an industrialist from Ardèche named Clément Faugier. In 1882, he popularised the candied chestnut (marron glacé), a chestnut -based treat candied in sugar syrup and glazed with icing sugar, developing an industrial method of producing it. This treat is thought to have first appeared at the court of Louis XIV or in Italy in the 16th century; its origin has never been totally confirmed.
Three years later in 1885, Clément Faugier had the idea of creating chestnut cream (crème de marrons) from fragments of candied chestnuts. He registered the trademark in 1924, thus putting Ardèche's gastronomy on the map. The original recipe consists of candied chestnut chips, chestnut pulp, candying syrup, sugar and vanilla. This very popular treat can be enjoyed on its own, mixed with fromage blanc or served with pancakes. Many recipes such as tarts, ice creams or macarons have also been based on chestnut cream.