During the holidays, I love to make treat bags. I like giving them to teammates and other colleagues and some neighbors, too. I usually include an assortment of milk chocolate and fruit-flavored candies wrapped in the colors of the season.

This year, my treat bag has a dark chocolate, sea salt, and caramel theme. Each bag includes:

  • a packet of double chocolate hot cocoa mix
  • a couple of mini peppermint candy canes
  • a mini solid chocolate snowman
  • a pair of shortbread cookie squares (dark chocolate with a pinch of sea salt) and a salted caramel lollipop (both made in France!)

I liked the lollipops made by Bonbons Barnier that I had at La Châtaigne Bakery, so I ordered some from Amazon (this is not an ad).

When I learned about a similar salted caramel lollipop made by another French confiseur called Kubli, I couldn’t resist, so I ordered some of those, too.

A Taste Test

Here is my simple, unscientific, and purely subjective taste test comparison of these French salted caramel lollipops. But first, some facts:

Salted Butter Caramel Lollipops (sucettes caramel au beurre salé) by Bonbons Barnier (Founded 1885)
– Made in France
– Size of each lollipop is 13.5g
– 40 calories each
– Ingredients include sugar, wheat glucose syrup, concentrated milk, concentrated butter, sea salt
– Wrapper features art by Faïencerie d’Art Breton

Caramel Lollipops (sucettes goût caramel) by Kubli (Founded 1900)
– Made in France
– Size of each lollipop is 14g
– 50 calories each
– Ingredients include sugar, wheat glucose syrup, condensed milk, semi-salted butter, salt of Guérande, natural vanilla

Bonbons Barnier (left) & Kubli (right)

My thoughts

Perhaps it’s the presence of vanilla in one and not the other or because I ate each one on different days, but to me, the Bonbons Barnier lollipop had a slightly sweeter taste than the one by Kubli.

For all I know, they are the same caramel! But I suspect that the distinctive shape of the one by Bonbons Barnier enhanced my enjoyment! Flat on one side and slightly rounded on the other, it just felt better against the hard palate, or roof of my mouth.

Bonbons Barnier (left) & Kubli (right)

While both had a good caramel flavor, I prefer the lollipop made by Bonbons Barnier!

Christmas treat bag

Sending you warm wishes for a sweet holiday season!