This time of year, little girls, young women, and few good men all over the country dance in The Nutcracker, a beloved, traditional holiday ballet that tells the tale of a young girl's magical visit to a dreamy Land of Sweets. There, she encounters fabulous characters from all over the world while rescuing the Nutcracker Prince from the evil Rat Queen and being blessed by the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy.
One of the most delightful parts of the ballet is the appearance of Mother Ginger and the Bon Bons in Act Two. Mother Ginger and the bon bon children perform what is known in ballet terms as a "divertissement", quite literally (in French) a distraction from the more serious roles in the ballet. The role of Mother Ginger is traditionally played by a man, in part because Mother Ginger's costume requires a very, very large dress, which can weigh up to 100 pounds. All of the little bon bons hide under their mother's skirt and come spilling out at the beginning of their dance. The hilarity of Mother Ginger and the cute-factor of the bon bons provide the audience with a well-intended light-hearted giggle.
In any theatrical production, it is tradition to give gifts to one's fellow cast members on Opening Night. This year, a bon bon dancer and her mother in Michigan discovered South 'n France Bon Bons, the perfect gift for the dancer and her co-stars in the Bon Bon Troupe! We created custom favor boxes (pink boxes with light pink organza ribbon and a sweet miniature pink and white silk flower on top) that any little ballerina would love. We filled them with our pink foil-wrapped (and kid-friendly) flavors, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Fudge Brownie. We're delighted to know that on opening night the Nutcracker Bon Bons get to eat our bon bons!