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Famous line of chocolates was named for Lourdes grotto

February 16, 2015

Michele Ferrero, the confectioner who died last week at the age of 89, named his famous line of chocolates, Ferrero Rocher, after the grotto at Lourdes, the Catholic Herald reports.

Ferrero, who was reportedly the wealthiest man in Italy, was a devout Catholic who made an annual pilgrimage to Lourdes. His inspiration for the Ferrero Rocher chocolates was reportedly the Roc de Massabielle, the grotto at Lourdes where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette.


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