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