Foreign sweets gain Southern flair at a shop in Wilmington.
A French man and a Southern belle roll up a delectable confection at South ’n France. Pascal Siegler and his wife, Charlene Dupray, take a sweet ball of dough, mold it, stick it with a dipping needle, lower it in chocolate, and chill it for hours. The result is a bon bon. Charlene fell in love with the treat while studying abroad in Paris. She met Pascal there, too. She brought them both home to Wilmington. Today, she manages the office and Pascal runs the kitchen. The couple’s bakery offers bon bons in seven different flavors that blend Southern and French cultural traditions. The bon bons ship across the United States and arrive imperfectly round, with a small hole through the middle. A dipping needle once occupied that hole, and South ’n France chooses not to fill it. That’s a status symbol that says handmade.
It’s hard to go wrong when dipping something in chocolate. But Pascal Siegler and Charlene Dupray, owners of South ’n France, find that something sweet tastes best. Their customers enjoy these:
South ’n France
822 Orange Street
Wilmington, N.C. 28401