Cat tongue

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Cat tongue
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Cat tongues in milk chocolate
Alternative namesLadyfinger
Place of originAustria
Main ingredientsChocolate
VariationsChocolate or chocolate free

A cat tongue is a small biscuit or chocolate bar available in a number of European, Asian, and South American countries. They are known locally as "kočičí jazýčky" (Czech), "kocie języczki" (Polish), "langue de chat" (French), "Katzenzungen" (German), "lingua di gatto" (Italian), "língua de gato" (Portuguese), "macskanyelv" (Hungarian), "lengua" (Filipino), or "lidah kucing" (Indonesian).

The cat tongue is shaped somewhat like the tongue of a cat. They are produced from egg white, flour, sugar and vanilla [1] or milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate.[2]

Chocolate cat tongues have been in production since before 1900; the Austrian company Küfferle (now owned by Lindt & Sprüngli) has been producing them since 1892. Elsewhere in Europe, companies including Sarotti, Hachez and Halloren make cat tongues. In Brazil, they are manufactured by Zermatt and Kopenhagen. In Chile they are made by Costa under the name "Lengüitas de gato" (little cat tongues). Hungarians widely believe that the Swiss-born Hungarian patissier Emil Gerbeaud invented the delicacy in the late 1880s.[3]

In Japan, a "langue de chat" is a square sandwich cookie, made of a layer of white chocolate between two square cookies. Shiroi Koibito is one famous manufacturer, but langues de chat can be found throughout Japan, including 白い針葉樹 in Nagano and まごころづつみ in Hiroshima.


  1. ^ "Línguas de Gato".
  2. ^ Lebensmittel-Lexikon Dr. Oetker, 4. Aufl. 2004, Artikel Katzenzungen.
  3. ^ About Café Gerbaud. Offbeat Budapest, retrieved on 29 July, 2019

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