December 24, 2011
Nonpareils are those round wafer chocolate candies with little white sugar dots on them. It’s an unusual word that derives from the French, meaning, straightforwardly, “without equal.” Its use as the name of a kind of candy dates from 1697. (The word also refers to 6-point type in printing, and to a species of brightly colored bird — a painted bunting.)
Robbie and I used nonpareils as roofing tiles on our gingerbread house this year. Merry Christmas one and all.