The calissons have been called the legitimate king of the bisquits. These very-very delicious diamond shaped almond sweets can be found at almost every sweets boutique in Aix-en-Provence.
The calissons are very often related to the King René, who is sometimes called The Good King René. This person made a huge impact on the life of Aix. You can find a monument and a fountain of the King René at the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence.
You may hear various stories about the calissons origin in Aix-en-Provence. But my favorite one is the one I’m going to tell you. And I sincerely believe it is the true one.
The King René was getting married with Jeanne de Laval in 1474. The future queen never smiled. She kept her face stern despite the fact she was going to be a queen. His future wife face bothered the king a lot, so he got very sad. Courtiers and servants didn’t know what to do to make their sovereign happier, until the royal cook Titsé created and served the future queen delicious almond cookies. After tasting them, Jeanne smiled. The ladies were wondering what made their queen happier. They were answered in Provençal : “Ce sont des câlins”, “di calin soun”. The calissons. So, the calissons were born.
One of the most popular places to buy calissons is Bechard Calissons Fabric, located at Cours Mirabeau, 12. You can find tasty artisan calissons in great looking boxes and packing there.
Couldn’t help myself)) – these are some other sweets they have at Berchard’s.