A cuberdon is a cone-shaped Belgian candy. In Dutch it is also known as a 'neus' (nose) for its likeness to a human nose.
As is true for many a delicious candy, it is believed that the cuberdon was partly invented by accident. Inspired in 1873 by a batch of discarded medicinal syrup that had turned hard on the outside but remained liquid on the inside, the pharmacist De Vynck opened up a candy shop. Soon the news of the wondrous cuberdon travelled throughout Ghent and, by the end of the 19th century, its streets were full of vendors with the candies piled high in purple mountains on their bicycle booths. To this day, older locals and Belgians relate to it in a sentimental way, regarding it an artisanal specialty from their youth.
The cuberdon has a rather short shelf life. Mostly made out of gum arabic, starch, glocose and sugar, the special treat only has three weeks before its hard crust starts to thicken and the gooey center within starts to crystalize. And when that happens, your cuberdon can no longer be called a cuberdon. After all, half the fun of the cone-shaped candy is biting off the top and sucking out the sweet, purple, gooey goodness within.
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