Calissons are a specialty candy of Aix-en-Provence made with the paste of candied Provençal fruit and finely ground almonds set on a thin wafer and topped with royal icing. They have a distinctively sweet flavor that I’ve found people seem to either love, as evidenced by the millions of pounds sold annually, or not-love-so-much. I admittedly lean more toward the latter category, but highly recommend tasting few for yourself at one of the many shops that offer them in town. Interestingly, it’s believed that calissons trace their roots to medieval Italy and were later introduced to the Provence region in the 1400’s.
Calissons – Distinctive History and Flavor
Local manufacturers such as Le Roy René boast that the recipes of today have remained true to the centuries-old originals. So the next time you’re in Aix-en-Provence, step into the past by enjoying one of the regions most cherished treats. And let me know what you think.
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