The 13 desserts
and even more...
“ Thirteen, like Christ and his twelve disciples. The desserts include the four mendiants (beggars), representing the different Catholic religious orders (raisins, almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts, and dried figs).
To these is added quince jam and paste, pompe à huile cakes, crystallised fruits, black nougat and white nougat from Provence, apples and pears, plums, oranges (once a symbol of wealth), mandarins and clementines, the Christmas melon, white grapes and confectionery: chocolat truffles or sweets, angel wings, milk pancakes, almond biscuits and dates.
Everyone tries a little of each dessert while drinking some fortified wine. It brings you luck! All through the year... ”