ganache

noun ga·nache \ (ˌ)gä-ˈnäsh , gə- \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of ganache

: a sweet creamy chocolate mixture used especially as a filling or frosting

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Origin and Etymology of ganache

borrowed from French, originally a kind of bonbon manufactured by the Parisian confectioner Siraudin (probably after Les Ganaches, a play by Victorien sardou first performed in October, 1862), literally, "lowerjawofahorse,jowl,imbecile," borrowed from Italian (Tuscan) ganascia "jaw,jowl," central Italian ganassa, going back to Vulgar Latin (northern and central Italy) *ganassa, re-formation (with gender conformed to the source noun) of Greek gnȧthos "jaw" (attested in Medieval Latin of Italy as ganathos) — more at -gnathous
Note: The French word occurs in a list of bonbon varieties produced by "lamaisonSiraudin" ("Courrierdelamode," LʼIllustration, journal universel, vol. 44, no. 1139, 24 décembre 1864, p. 415): "Lesbonbonspreféréssont:leMaltais,laPralineduclub,laPralineLivry,ausucredeviolette,lʼÉmélie,lʼOrangine,puislesGanaches,quieurentpresquelesuccèsdelapiècedeVictorienSardou,etc.,etc." ("Thepreferredbonbonsare:theMaltese,theClubPraline,thePralineLivry,withvioletsugar,theÉmélie,theOrangine,thentheGanaches,whichhadnearlythesuccessofVictorienSardouʼsplay,etc.,etc."). The Ganache bonbon is cited in English in a list of popular French bonbons, others of which are named after successful operas and plays of the period ("Bonbons," Every Saturday: A Journal of Choice Reading, vol. 7, nol. 163, February 13, 1869, pp. 220-21).



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