Friday's Favorite French Things
OK, so it's Saturday. Give me a break. Labels: France
These little breath fresheners have very cool packaging.
In 1880, a pharmacist called Leon Lajaunie concocted these little aniseed breath fresheners. They come in a great little tin that has a pivoting lid that opens a little hole in the side. You tap out a couple of the little brown sweets. They are really powerful and more than two is nasty.
There is nothing to indicte it on the packaging, but, according to the french Wikipédia article they are owned by Cadbury-Schweppes. Apparantly 10 million boxes are sold annually. One every 4 seconds.
Cachou is also slang for a booger, or nose-goblin. I presume this is named for the size and colour of the sweet, and not the other way round.