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The Legend of Frango Chocolate Paperback – October, 1993
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A friend introduced me to Frango Mints over 30 years ago and I have craved them ever since. Back then I had to order them from Marshall Field's Department Store in Chicago, where Frango products were headquartered for many years. The original Frango recipes were developed in Seattle in the 1920s and sold at the Frederick & Nelson Department Store.
This terrific little book is loaded with historic photos and traces the history of Frango chocolate through the early 1990s, which means it does not cover the more recent controversy surrounding Macy's purchase of Marshall Field's. Included in that deal were the rights to the Frango chocolate name and franchise.
To complicate things, a Washington-based company, Seattle Gourmet Foods, began producing what they called Frederick & Nelson Chocolates. Word got around that these candies tasted more like the original Frango Mints. (I tried a box and they were very good.) Macy's lawyers put a stop to it.
Seattle Gourmet Foods now sells the elaborately-named Dilettante Double Mint Chocolate Truffle Cremes through Amazon, and reviews are positive. Rumor has it that Dilettantes are another attempt to recreate the revered, Seattle-based Frango (don't tell Macy's!). I cannot confirm this, however.
Still, the good news is that Macy's Frangos still taste like Frangos to me. I suggest you start with the original milk chocolate mints. As much as I love dark chocolate, I've never cared as much for the dark chocolate version.
Try a few Frangos and you will become a convert. Read this informative book and you will also become an expert.