Candy Factory Tour!!!!!!

I have the best French class ever. And I’m behind on posting about what we do in it, but here’s one about our tour of a candy factory here in Aix:

I. Love. Sugar. This was a great day. I want to go home and buy candy molds.

Aix is famous for the “calisson” – a melon/almond candy in an almond shape (or a smile, according to the legend). Once upon a time, at King Rene’s wedding, his bride-to-be was not much of a looker and very unhappy. The royal baker gave her a new type of candy he’d developed and she actually smiled after tasting it! The word “calisson” comes from the Provencal word for “smile.”


Step One: Fruit soaks in vats of sugary water for months, until pretty much all the water content has been replaced with sugar.


Step Two: Almonds are ground up.


Step Three: The fruit and the almonds are combined into a paste.


Step Four: The paste is made into an almond, or “smile,” shape and coated with a layer of white icing.


This is the antique hand press.


Step Five: They dry.


Step Six: They are transferred into bins on their way to be boxed up!


The store!

3 thoughts on “Candy Factory Tour!!!!!!

  1. Clear up one thing… can you drop the “sugared fruits” and almonds in a blender type thing to make the paste? If not, how to you combine them into a paste?

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