A Kiss is just a kiss, or is it not ?
I had a lot of “Negro kisses” as a kid, …. and I loved them. The moment of breaking the surface followed by the tender touch of the rich sweet flavour within was just awesome. But now after some research for this story I am entangled in a historic racism issue!
For your clarity, we are talking about a sweet treat called “NEGRO KISS” or “NEGER ZOEN” in Dutch. A chocolate covered egg-white dome on a waffle, brought to the Dutch market by Mister Buys which registered it in 1978. You could already buy a “tête de nègre”or “moorkop” , meaning head of a Moor or Negro, while visiting a patisserie in France round …… Lost in German translation the name became “negerkuss.”, meaning Negro kiss in the 1920-ties.
In 2006 the Dutch manufacturer changed the name to “Buys kussen”, meaning literally the kisses of mister Buys himself ! I must say my fantasy world of black kissing was totally scattered. Apparently it was a marketing decision triggered by a small protest group that made the name change after 94 years. At this point I ask myself “How political correct” one can be on this issue? Do we have to take the history of slavery throughout the centuries in account, recently visually embodied in the feature movie “12 years a slave”. Seeing it you can only be over correct.
But I state here “O lord my intentions are good, please don’t let me be miss understood”. As a kid I just loved those kisses and specially since they were from a Negro origin. How can that fantasy be wrong?
I found some fun making recipes
A black and white cookie solution. http://www.dish-ditty.com/recipe/black-white-kisses-recipe/
Wedding pops made from NK http://www.pinterest.com/pin/11681280255353385/
A German bun written in German, but you get the idea. http://www.esskultur.net/tisch/negerkussbroetchen.html
And of course a ….. kiss from the Dutch Cook.