"I was never a specially greedy child, but all the same certain tastes could induce the same rapture as scents, sounds or sights, and these tastes have also remained unforgettable.
There were, for instance, certain little sweets only to be had at the Russian Court. These were wee double round fondants made of fresh strawberries and served up in tiny paper baskets. Their colour was as exquisite as their taste.
The very moment when you lifted them off the dish on to your plate was one of enchantment, your mouth watered even before you tasted them. The “fore-pleasure,” as the Germans would express it, was almost as wonderful as the actual eating of the sweets. This was fairy food, and whenever I told a story to myself or to my sisters, my imaginary personages always ate these super-exquisite sweets.
... when you finally reached your own rooms [at the Tsar's Palace], there on the centre table stood two dishes, one with sweets, the other with biscuits. These biscuits and sweets were renewed each day.
The sweets were varied and nowhere else in the wide world were they as good. Long-shaped fruit drops wrapped in white paper with little fringed edges of blue, red or yellow, according to the sweet inside. Flat cream caramels too luscious for words, these also wrapped in thick white paper, double fondants of coffee, and also those little paper baskets of fresh strawberry sweets already described as one of the “ecstasies.”
Then other sweets were brought in big boxes, round slabs of fruit paste, a speciality of Moscow, and dried fruit and berries preserved in white flour-like sugar, a speciality from Kiev". - Queen Marie of Romania
QUEEN MARIE OF ROMANIA
remembers the Imperial Confectionery at the Russian Court of the Tsars
Queen Marie of Romania was the granddaughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia. In her memoirs she remembered how, as a small child, she would visit her imperial grandparents and be greeted with a wonderland of sweets and biscuits prepared by the confectioners at the Tsar's Palace in the late 1870s and early 1880s: