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Calissons d’Aix: The Delicate Taste of Provence

I enjoy nothing more than bringing home with me food items from France that evoke the memory and taste of travel. When I first laid eyes on a box of Calissons d’Aix in a shop window in Avignon, I was smitten.

Calissons d’Aix

Calissons d’Aix are a regional specialty of the provençal town of Aix en Provence. The diamond-shaped friandises consist of almonds, melons and oranges made according to tradition aixoise, using traditional methods and old techniques. The almonds are cleaned and crushed, the fruit is added and turned into a paste. The calissons are then made into shape and covered with royal icing.

Calissons d’Aix

These sweets are said to have originated in the 15th century and folklore states that they have been eaten to ward off the bubonic plague. Their taste is wickedly addictive. They’re soft to the bite, not overly sweet and have a fine almond texture that leaves you wanting more.

Calissons d’Aix

Calissons are usually sold in white boxes that resemble their shape or in clear confectionery bag tied with colourful ribbons. They are also made with fig and lavender but orange is the traditional flavour.

If you’re travelling to France, keep an eye out for Calissons d’Aix, a regional speciality that will leave you longing for a delicate taste from Provence.

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.

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