10 SWEET TREATS TO INDULGE IN WHILE VISITING PARIS

Paris is sweet on the eye, sweet on the romance and sweet on the palette. It is a sugar lovers dream and the only problem you’ll have when it comes the delectable French deserts is which one to choose. To help you navigate that yummy last course we’ve broken down the top 10 must-try deserts for your visit to France. And if you have to eat more than one a day just to get through them? Well, c’est la vie!

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1. THE TARTES AUX FRUITS 
The tartes aux fruits are prepared with fresh fruit inside a buttery pastry. The fruit sits atop a heavenly Chantilly cream. You can enjoy the tartes in both mini and pie sizes.

2. THE ECLAIR
The éclair is a popular dessert in Paris. The long French choux pastry can be filled with either a rich custard or pastry cream and topped with a sweet fondant. By definition, the term éclair means lightning in French. Go figure!

3. THE PARIS BREST
This pastry was created to celebrate the Paris to Brest bicycle ride in 1891. Naturally, its circular and contains praline flavored crème and choux pastry.

4. MACARON
Macarons are undeniably delectable. There are so many flavors to choose from. The base ingredients include an airy meringue and almonds. Be sure to not confuse with coconut macaroons, in which the English added the -oon to the word in the 16th century.

5. THE TARTE AU CITRON
Tarte Au Citron also known as the lemon tart are also very popular. Donning a pastry crust and delicious lemon filling. The filling, however, is not made with fruit. The cream is a mixture containing lemon juice, lemon zest and of course, eggs and sugar. 

6. THE MILLE FEUILLE
This fluffy treat comes in a vanilla or custard slice and is comprised of several layers of puff pastry. Between the puff pastry lies an additional two layers of pastry crème. Another name for the Mille Feuille is the Napoleon. 

7. THE TARTE TATIN
Named after the hotel that serves the dessert (Hotel Tatin), the tarte Tatin is a unique upside-down pastry. Its ingredients include caramelized fruit prepared with sugar and butter. It pairs famously with a bit of tart crème Fraiche. 

8. THE CHOUX A LA CREME
These cream puffs are created using puff pastry as well. They swell while cooking and are actually hollow. The oozing center can be either whipped cream or custard. Interestingly enough, once you add chocolate as your topping, it then becomes a profiterole. There are various different toppings you can add to this pastry, from ice cream to fruit and even spun caramel.

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9. CROISSANT
This buttery flaky wonder is a signature French pastry. There are so many ways to top it; you can use fruit, chocolate, fondant or a compote of your choosing. You will not be disappointed.

10. THE PETITS FOUR
Translated, petit four means small oven, and are also known as mignardises. The fours are miniature bite-sized confections that can also be savory if preferred. The sweet route includes a sugary glaze atop a crispy biscuit. These pastries are perfect for tea parties.  

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