The history of Calisson begins in the middle of the fifteen century in King René’s court, also known as the Count of Provence. Indeed, for the King’s wedding with Jeanne de Laval, the confectioners imagined and created a brand new confection made out of Provence almonds shaped like a smile. The new Queen, moved by its incredible form and taste instantly named it Calins, which in Provençal patois means hugs
Today, the official traditional Calissons d’Aix, has conserved its original recipe’s heritage : a lovely blend of finely ground sweet Mediterranean almonds, some melon confit and orange peel, all lying on a wafer bed covered with royal icing. Until this day it is the unrivalled recipe of Calissons du Roy René.
The Excellence of French Know-How The Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company, or EPV) label is a mark of recognition from the French State, set to reward French firms for the excellence of their traditional and industrial skills. La Confiserie du Roy René has been rewarded with this label in 2012