Is it as simple as little bits of chocolate?
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They are the individual chocolates you normally find in boxes but technically they are 'boulettes' of chocolate stuffed with praline normally in France. I have never known why they are known as 'crottes' as 'crottes de chèvres' is indeed 'goats' droppings'!
The term crotte can be used as a term of endearment for small things so maybe that's the reason.
As for the 'de' that's how they were called then, I think the 'au' refers to flavour of chocolate so maybe it has to be used based on cocoa content regulations.
More than just a 'little bit' but maybe the appearance has something to do with being referred to as « crottes ». Interesting to note that they are referred to as crottes de or en or au chocolat on various sites!
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