From the Breton Fabien who arrived in 1807 to his son Hilarion in 1868, the memory of butter pancakes from his childhood was passed on to him.
And it is the birth of the H.Rault cassava biscuit, fruit of the search for a new biscuit, inspired by flavors of yesteryear, but based on cassava, for lack of wheat.
But the vagaries of history and the agricultural economy rocked the small family business: the First World War, competition from sugar cane, cyclones, the shortage of cassava.
The Biscuiterie H.Rault fought valiantly against all odds to keep the family business alive.
One of the methods used since 1995 has been to open the factory for paid tours.
It is an invitation to taste the many flavors of this cookie, and to discover a manufacturing process that has remained unchanged and unique since its creation.
The recipe has remained a family secret, testimony to more than 140 years of history, and yet so ingrained in today's trends: without preservatives, eggs, colors, gluten or flavor enhancers.
There are seven flavors to choose from: butter, coconut, milk, anise, vanilla, chocolate and cinnamon.
To be enjoyed without moderation and with a curious appetite for this typically Mauritian know-how.