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The best Galette des Rois experiences in the Vendée!

Posted the 13 December 2023
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Les galettes des rois come in many different forms anything from apple fillings, traditional plain brioche or with glazed fruit, chocolate & pear, or even the customary frangipane. So, why not sample one of these scrumptious cakes … just out of the oven they are simply delicious! We've found the best places in the Vendée to sample some delicious galettes des rois... just for the fun of it!

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We've found the best places in the Vendée to sample some delicious galettes des rois... just for the fun of it!

After the traditional "bûches" or Christmas log cakes, it's time for the galette des rois or king’s cake! Les galettes des rois come in many forms, everything from:

  • apple fillings,
  • traditional plain brioche or with crystalised fruit,
  • flaky pastry with chocolate & pear, or the customary frangipane (almond paste).

Just scrumptious …when served warm, straight out of the oven! The perfect excuse for a teatime treat!

A little “bite” into the French galette de rois history

Do you know where the tradition of the galette des rois comes from? Let's go back 2000 years, to the Roman Empire. To choose their leader, some of them would hide a coin in a piece of bread. Whoever found it was then elected to govern them. Later, brioche replaced bread. At the end of the 18th century, porcelain beans made their appearance replacing the coins. A few years later, these beans (called la fève) were replaced by porcelain figurines.

Today, Epiphany (the first Sunday in January) marks the start of the traditional galette des rois season. You've got the entire month to try and be the lucky one to discover “la fève” buried inside one of the slices. If you find it, then you are “king or queen for the day” and have the privilege of wearing a crown!


Galettes des rois aux amandes (Almond galettes) 

This year, Thierry Prouteau (winner for the last three consecutive years) has been superseded by the Délices de Luna Loca in Coex as winner of the first prize for their delicious almond galette! So why not treat yourself to a galette with a fondant almond cream filling. It couldn't be tastier...

Where ?  - Boulangerie Déclices de Luna Loca, 15 Pl. Charles de Gaulle, 85220 Coëx

Unusual Galettes des rois recipes

Just three words - creativity, inspiration, and originality... So many things that define the winner of the 2023-2024 edition of the best unusual galette! This year, it's the Boulangerie La Mie Vendéenne that takes gold prize!

Where ? Boulangerie La Mie Vendéenne, 12 Rue de la République, 85580 Grues

Galettes briochées nature 

This year don't miss out on the best plain brioche galette in the Vendée! Brioche never goes out of fashion (especially in the Vendée)! This year, the title of best "plain brioche galette" goes to Boulangerie Lucette! If you're a brioche-lover, you'll be delighted by the softness of the galette and the sweet flavour of the butter. A delight for both the taste buds and the eyes. A gourmet address not to be missed!

Where ? Boulangerie Lucette, 60 Bd de Castelnau, 85100 Les Sables-d'Olonne

Galettes briochées aux fruits

If you want to try the best fruit brioche galette des rois, then go to Bouin! Mr and Mrs Merlet's Boulangerie, La Chocolatine has perfectly balanced the crystallised fruit and butter in their brioche for a mouth-watering treat! We can't wait! In 2023-2024, it's the second consecutive award for the bakery from the Marais Breton area of the Vendée!

Where ?  Boulangerie Pâtisserie La Chocolatine, 8 rue de Guitteny, 85230 Bouin 

Discover the recipe for the galette frangipane in our "Consommez Local" video on the best original galette in the Vendée, 2021 edition.

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