A bonbon is a small chocolate confection. They are usually filled with liqueur or other sweet ingredients, and sold wrapped in coloured foil.
In France, bonbons are usually made with a fruit centre, and may contain brittle, nougat, dragée, or caramel. In the Western world, bonbons are usually also small candies, but can vary by region in their ingredients, flavours, and shape.
Other types of fillings include butterscotch, fondant, fudge, ganache, gianduja, marzipan, praline, and truffle.
The word “bonbon” arose from the reduplication of the word bon, meaning “good” in the French language. Its use originated in the seventeenth century within the French royal court, and spread to other European countries by the eighteenth century. Bonbons began to be served in ornate containers by the middle of the eighteenth century, which would be given as gifts at festivals and on holidays such as New Year’s Day.
Inspired by bonbons, Johann Strauss II wrote the waltz Wiener Bonbons in 1866. Its title page shows the composition’s name in the form of twisted bonbon wrappers.