A Mont Blanc (or Mont-Blanc aux marrons) is a French dessert of puréed, sweetened chestnuts topped with whipped cream. The name comes from Mont Blanc, as it resembles a snow-capped mountain.
The Mont Blanc is popular in France, Italy, China, Japan, and Hungary.
The dessert was described in an Italian cook book from 1475, and was often served in the home of Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia. It became popular in France in the 17th century, around 1620. Originally Mont Blancs were yellow, from using chestnuts sweetened through a pickling process.
In Japan, sometimes pumpkin, squash, and purple yam will be used instead of chestnuts, and along with chestnuts, sometimes cocoa or matcha will be added. There are also fruit Mont Blanc, with flavors like mango and strawberry.
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