The Modern Broad Bean
These tokens are found inside the galette des rois, a pastry that is shared at this time of year. The one who gets the token, which originally was a broad bean, is crowned king or queen and is supposed to offer the next round of pastry, a means of partying the whole month of January.
I guess I have eaten several pieces over the years. Not bad, considering I had no idea this existed until I was in my twenties. The recipe varies from region to region. My favourite is the puff pastry with frangipane version.
I would not recommend this method for choosing the one to be in charge. Nevertheless, broadly speaking, modern elections do seem to be more like a lottery than a choice. Or am I full of beans?