A candy from Normandy with a taste of childhood
The must-try candy of Luc-sur-mer
When you stay on the Côte de Nacre, you absolutely have to try the Gui-Gui, this 100% sugar candy star that is more than a hundred years old. It can be eaten wrapped around a small wooden stick while sitting on the brand new Place du Petit Enfer or while strolling along the seafront, hair in the wind. Single, double or triple taste, it’s up to you!
Grandparents have introduced their children to Gui-Gui, who in turn have introduced their children to it… this candy that has survived the decades is still appreciated by all ages.
An ancestral recipe that is still popular
Mr Gros opened his first Mistletoe shop in Luc-sur-mer in 1906. At the time, the front was made of wood. Inspired by the marshmallow found at fairs, Mr Gros created the recipe for Gui-Gui and jealously guarded it for himself and his descendants, who have kept the little shop going decade after decade.
Other shops also flourish in Courseulles-sur-mer, Luc-sur-mer and Langrune-sur-mer.
The ancestral recipe of the drawn sugar, as well as the shop, were sold to the Crochard family in the 1970s. It was from Mr. Crochard that Sam and Jordy, the current owners since 2014, learned the art of preparing a good Gui-Gui.
The small shop has given way to a beautiful boutique facing the sea, on the Place du Petit Enfer, which will be completely renovated in 2021.
A natural candy
Anxious to get as close as possible to the taste of the Mistletoe of yesteryear, Sam and Jordy use natural sugar and flavours. Their Mistletoe is made on site.
Strawberry, cola, banana, apple, mint, a total of 30 flavours are offered according to the season and the duo’s desires. You will also find pancakes, waffles and other delicacies.
It takes at least forty-five minutes to make a block in which 70 to 80 Gui-Gui are made. The sugar is first cooked. Then it is cooled and the flavourings are added. Then comes the most complex phase: the bleaching of the sugar. The sugar strands are stretched out for many minutes until they become white. Up to three flavours can be mixed on one stick.Jordy
A holiday souvenir
Less smelly than Camembert in your suitcases, the Gui-Gui can now be brought back as a holiday souvenir ! You can then store it in the fridge or freezer.
Are you staying in Saint-Aubin-sur-mer ? Right next to the Charleston restaurant, on the sea wall, you will find a very small shop that also sells the Gui-Gui.