Sulpice Debauve was the royal family chemist. One day he was visiting the Queen with a new preparation, she complained that the taste of the most of the medicines she had to take was more often than not too strong and quite unpleasant. She compared with hot drinking chocolate she was accustomed to enjoy since so many years in Vienna! But to put medicine in hot drinking chocolate was not a good idea; the result would have been even more disgusting because the warmth increases the taste and the smell.
Hence the idea the two had to put medicine in solid chocolate, not the solid chocolate use to make drinking chocolate (in a puddings shape) but a new kind of solid chocolate devised to be eaten solid with medicine inside.
In fact cocoa was yet known as a nice invigorating product. The Pistoles were born, in D&G tradition it is said that the name was found by the Queen herself when she saw the first ones in a coin shape (more beautiful in such a shape to display on a tray) because she enjoyed nice discussing with some Spanish nobles visiting her!
The Pistoles was first made of cocoa, cane sugar and medicine, the whole mixed together. But, because the Queen was a chocolate fan, she asked for more and especially more pleasant tastes. So , S. Debauve, become at the same time a chocolate chemist (manufacturing Pistoles with medicine according to the orders of King’s Doctor) and a “chocolateier” because producing Pistoles with nice tastes as orange flowers, Almond milk, Orgeat cream, coffee, vanilla…to match the Queen’s choice was almond milk.
When after the Revolution, S. Debauve open his first chocolate shop, he decorated the front with a quotation from Horace: “Utile Dulci”, meaning a mix of the health qualities of cocoa and the pleasure to enjoy chocolate! Of course, but we have stopped to produce most of the kinds because we are no more a chemist company with the requested officials licenses but we still offer a large choice!