Les Anis de Flavigny is the oldest French company famous for its high quality candies since 1591 in France!!!!Our candies are made with Anise. This plant, Pimpinella anisum, is not to be confused with fennel (a vegetable) or with star anise (Chinese anise, the fruit of an exotic tree). Les Anis de Flavigny's candies are made with Anise. This plant, Pimpinella anisum, is not to be confused with fennel (a vegetable) or with star anise (Chinese anise, the fruit of an exotic tree). The Anise used here is an umbelliferous plant and its small oval fruits, striated longitudinally, have a warm, spicy flavor and a remarkably aromatic scent. Les Anis de Flavigny selects their aniseeds in August, after the seeds are harvested in Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, Syria, etc. The candies are placed with the seeds in large pans and sugar syrup (water and sugar) is poured over them. The seeds roll over one another and gradually become covered in fine successive layers of syrup, kind of like snowballs tumbling down a snowy hill. This rotation in pans also makes the candies become smooth, like stones that are rolled on the beach by the incessant waves of the sea. The process involves delicate, patient work; the candy-maker needs 15 days to transform the small seed that weighs barely two milligrams into a one-gram candy.