A Little Princess is one of my all time favorite stories. I’ve read both the full-length novel and the shorter novella too many times to count, and I practically have the movie memorized. When I was a little girl, there was just something so magical about Sara Crewe and her tragic but beautiful adventures that captivated me. I think it’s her unflinching optimism, creativity, imagination, and belief in magic that speaks to my heart.
There is a particularly tragic and magical scene in a Little Princess book. Ermengarde, one of the wealthy girls who lives at the school, receives a care package from her aunt full of treats and goodies. When Ermengarde discovers that Sara and Becky, the servant girls, have been denied food all day, she sneaks the treat basket up to the attic so that they call all share in a feast.
Sara and Becky use whatever they have on hand to deck out the table for the feast. Old scarves, soap dishes, and tissue paper are transformed by magic into glamorous table settings.
One of the food items that Ermengarde shares with Sara and Becky are bonbons. This story was written in the early 1900s, so I looked up a traditional, old-fashioned bonbon recipe for this post. I found the perfect bobon recipe at Tori Avey’s blog. I think this recipe is just what Sara, Becky, and Ermengarde would have enjoyed.
Sara Crewe’s Bonbon Recipe – A Little Princess
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 lb. powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup whipping cream
- 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- Sprinkles, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, melted chocolate, and other toppings
- Whip the butter and sugar together until smooth.
- Add the whipping cream and vanilla, and beat until incorporated.
- Chill the mixture for at least 2 hours.
- Roll the mixture into small 1-inch balls.
- Roll the bonbons into your toppings of choice, and place them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
- Chill the bonbons in the fridge, then store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
There are many options to customize the bonbon recipe to your personal taste! I used rainbow sprinkles, or “jimmies” as they’re called in some parts of the country, and decorating sugar to cover the bonbons I made. Shredded coconut and chopped nuts would be a great choice, too. If you have a double boiler, or if you have the patience for a makeshift double boiler, you can melt some chocolate chips to dip the bonbons in, too.
You can even wrap the bonbon mixture around maraschino cherries or whole nuts to make stuffed bonbons.
No matter how you choose to personalize these sweet treats, you’ll end up with a delectable delight that’s fit for a little princess.
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