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Alternative names Sugar bean
Type Confectionery
Place of origin  Belgium[citation needed]
Main ingredients Almonds or chocolate, sugar

A suikerboon (Dutch), or sugar bean, is a type of sweet traditionally given on the occasion of the birth or baptism of a child in Belgium and parts of the Netherlands. In French, they are called dragées. It has strong resemblance with Jordan almonds and to Italian Confetti.

Originally sugar-coated almonds, they are now often sugar-coated chocolates of the same shape and size instead.

In the Netherlands, a more common tradition is to give beschuit met muisjes after the birth of a child.

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  • Jackie Alpers. Sprinkles!: Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts. Quirk Books, Oct 15, 2013.