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The Calisson of Provence: A Sweet Story

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz:

The calisson is a small, distinctive, almond-shaped candy which first appeared in Aix-en-Provence in the fifteenth century, during the reign of Good King René. The following legend is often associated with its creation…

A King, a Queen, and a Candy

Jeanne de Laval wasn’t pleased when she found out that her father had signed a marriage contract with King René. Yes, he was a powerful man who had a lot of titles, which could be an attractive quality… but she was 21 years old and he was an “old man” of 45 years.

…Continue reading here for the balance of this legend of the Calisson d’Aix. Was this really the candy that made the Queen smile? Or does this sweet candy have roots in Italy well before the royal marriage.

Read more about Calisson d’Aix the Sweet Almond Candy Made in Provence and where to buy these treats.

Margo writes about Good King René and His Fountain here.

Via:: The Curious Rambler


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Margo Lestz

Margo Lestz

Margo is a British/American who has lived in Nice, France for the past nine years. She loves digging into the history of an area and discovering the tales behind local customs and traditions. She blogs about her discoveries on The Curious Rambler . She is also the author of two books, French Holidays & Traditions, and Curious Histories of Nice, France. Click here for Margo's books.

She describes herself as a perpetual student and is always taking some kind of course or researching a moment in history that has caught her fancy. She’s curious by nature and always wondering who, what, why, when, where, and how.

Margo shares her adventures (and her questions) with Jeff, her husband of many years. She enjoys travel, history, observing cultures and traditions – and then writing about them, of course.

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