Saint-Mihiel croquets and rochersare delicious sweet treats which have made the town famous among food-lovers.
Invented in 1854 by Charles Bourchette, who called them petitesbourchettes, croquets are dry, rectangular, golden biscuits with lovely vanilla and almond flavours. They are made with flour, sugar, ground almonds, egg and vanilla, and the texture is quite like a shortbread biscuit. These little biscuits were, so it is said, very much enjoyed by the French President, Raymond Poincaré.
As for the rochers, they were invented in 1922 by Mr Rollot. It was his daughter who suggested he develop a speciality shaped like the rocks seen on the way out of Saint-Mihiel. They are chocolate sweets with a delicious hazelnut centre. The nuts are toasted and ground before being mixed with dark or milk chocolate.