About Us

Dragées also known as Jordan Almonds or Sugared Almonds are one of the oldest sweets in Europe. The history of Dragées dates back to the early times of ancient Rome. Honey covered almonds were offered to celebrate imperial births and weddings.

They are given at weddings because 'the sweet sugar coating sweetens the bittersweet taste of the almonds, just as marriage is meant to sweeten the bittersweet journey of life'.

In the 15th century, when Europeans were introduced to sugar canes, they used the sugar to create the trademark sugar coating on the almonds. As a result of its sweetness, Dragées were paired with honey-coated nuts and seeds eaten at births and marriages. 

In Italian weddings, five sugared almonds are traditionally served as favours to symbolize health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity for the couple.

In Greek weddings, the sugared almonds are typically served in odd numbers, indivisible, just like the newlyweds.

And in Middle Eastern cultures, Dragées are believed to be aphrodisiacs, so they’re kept on hand during wedding receptions for the guests and the newlyweds.

Dragées are still popular as favours and can be given to your guests at christenings, baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries, hen parties or any other special ooccasion. 

ABOUT US

Les Amandiers was founded by people who are passionate about dragées and its history. Our superior quality chocolate dragées and sugared almonds are imported through an exclusive provider Vanparys Belgium. Vanparys is one of the oldest and most renowned chocolatier in Europe. Founded in 1889, Vanparys was established as a family business by Felix Vanparys in the heart of Brussels, in Belgium. The original recipe and preparation are still attentively followed, with rich Belgian chocolate, or the finest selection of almonds coated with a thin layer of sugar, all carefully prepared in traditional, rotating copper vats.

They come in a wide range of colours with a choice of two finishes.

Beyond our wide selection of  gift packages, we specialise in creating custom-made collections for Wedding Favours, Christening Favours, Baby Shower Favours and corporate events.

We hope you can find the favour you are looking for here. Please contact us if you have any queries.

Tel: 01761 416920     Email: contact@lesamandiers.co.uk