Cuberdon

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Traditional cuberdons from Ghent.

A cuberdon is a cone-shaped Belgian candy. In Dutch it is known as a neus (nose), Gentse neus (Ghent nose), or neuzeke (little nose) for its likeness to a human nose. In French, cuberdons are also called chapeau-de-curé and chapeau-de-prêtre (priest's hat).

Cuberdons are made with gum arabic. They are raspberry-flavored and purple, though more recently differently colored variants have been available as well. They are traditionally about 2,5 cm wide and weigh approximately 10 to 18 grammes, although smaller version are also commercialized. The outside is relatively hard, whereas the inside is gelatinous. Cuberdons can only be preserved for about three weeks, after which period the inside begins to crystallize. This limited preservability is the reason why cuberdons are not exported outside of Belgium.

According to tradition, the recipe of the cuberdon was discovered by chance by the Ghent pharmacist De Vynck in 1873.[citation needed] In order to increase the shelf life of drugs at the time, many were packaged in the form of syrup. When the pharmacist examined a failed preparation after a few days, he found that it had formed a crust, while the core was still liquid. From this discovery came the idea to use such a technique to manufacture candy.

The VLAM, an agency of the Flemish Government, has recognized the cuberdon as a streekproduct (regional product).

In recent years, various derivative food products have been made, including cuberdon-flavored jenever, ice cream, dessert sauce, and cookies.