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Recipe for Calisson d’Aix a Sweet Almond Candy with a Long History

Calisson d’Aix is a specialty candy from Aix en Provence made with almonds, melon and citrus paste. The actual origin of the recipe is most likely from Italy. It’s exact arrival in Provence is uncertain. You can read more about the history of calisson and the traditions that remain to this day here. There are only a few calissoners (makers of) who have the right to call their product “Calisson d’Aix.” These members of the l’Union des Fabricants du Calisson d’Aix (UFCA) must adhere to specific standards of production.

The following recipe (previously posted on Ginger and Nutmeg) does not follow the same exacting industry standards but is a fun “Sunday project” with a sweet result.

Calisson d'Aix Almond Candy

Calisson d'Aix

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This recipe was provided by a friend, who has tried and perfected it over the years. This is her version of the traditional candy. The Feuille d’hostie or unleavened host paper, is readily available in France. In other countries, you need to go to specialty cooking stores or Amazon (gourmet food section) for wafer paper.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 16 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French, Provencal
Servings 20 pieces



  • 1 3/4 cups (400 g) Almond powder
  • 1 cup (250 g) Dried Apricots
  • 1/3 cup (80 g) icing sugar
  • 4 tbsp apricot jam gently heated to a liquid format
  • 1-2 sheets Wafer Paper or unleavened host sheets*
  • 1 large Egg white
  • 7/8 cup (200 g) icing sugar passed through a sieve


  • In a food processor, chop the dried apricots into small pieces
  • Add the almond powder and icing sugar
  • Mix until well-blended, about 3 minutes on a low speed
  • On a sheet of wax paper spread out the apricot-almond paste to about 2 cm in height
  • With a roller brush lightly spread the juice from the apricot jam
  • Then paste a sheet of the wafer paper to the dough
  • Turn over and allow to dry for one hour
  • During that time make the icing
  • Blend the egg white and the icing sugar until smooth
  • Ice the top of the candy, as you would a cake
  • Allow to dry for 30 minutes
  • Cut into diamond shapes


Unleavened Host Sheets os Feuilles d’hostie in France
Keyword Almond, Candy, Confit Fruit
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Authentic Calissons d’Aix

Today, you can find many calisson variations for sale with different flavours and coloured icings. However, the original “Calisson d’Aix” — first created in the 17th century — is produced following strict guidelines. These include:

Location: For the manufacturer to display the official name, they must be located within the Indication géographique protégée (IGP) in one of these seven (7) communes: Aix-en-Provence, Eguilles, Meyreuil, St Marc Jaumegarde, Le Tholonet, Venelles or Vauvenargues.

Ingredients: Le Roy René’s website states, “The calisson Aix must be manufactured from a crushed candied fruit and almonds blanched complemented by sugar syrup. The blanched almonds (minimum 32% of the pulp) carefully mixed candied fruit are crushed. Candied fruits account for 30% minimum of the dough. Melon, fruit mainly used (80% of candied fruit) is cultivated exclusively in Provence.”

Size and shape: The Calisson d’Aix is oblong and pointed at both ends. The calisson must have three distinct layers, a slightly granular texture, and no unnatural colouring or preservatives.

Discover Roy René, the Almond King of Calissons d’Aix, one of the few recognized producers of this traditional candy.

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

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    March 10, 2018 at 1:59 pm — Reply

    I know I said this before, but I can’t wait to make this! I only wish we could get the candied melon they us in Provence!

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      March 11, 2018 at 8:19 am — Reply

      Hi David: You are right that candied melon is an example of a pretty unique ingredient from Provence.

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