Before the time of the manufacture, at the end of the XIXth century), the sugar remained a rare commodity, used with reserve. Le Petit Duc followed the same principle during the hours he spent studying the recipes before the calisson d'Aix to finally arrive at his signature recipe of Calissons de Saint-Rémy... not very sweet, extremely soft and with a delicious almond taste. To discover without delay, delicious square Calissons sublimated in magnificent metal boxes or in tablets revealing their so delicate shape...
The Origin of Le Petit Duc's Calissons
The Differences Between Calisson de Saint-Rémy and Calisson d'Aix-en-Provence
Although they bear almost the same name, these two recipes have some differences. After reading these lines, you'll know all about the distinctions between these two Provencal calissons!
The Origin of Calisson de Saint-Rémy
The Calisson de Saint-Rémy appeared 30 years ago. Before the rise of manufacturing in the late 19th century, sugar was a rare resource used sparingly. This same principle guided us throughout our exploration of pre-Calisson d'Aix recipes, ultimately leading to the creation of our Calisson de Saint-Rémy, the first calisson in Provence.
The Composition of Calisson de Saint-Rémy
It is characterized by its light sugar content, incredibly soft texture, and a delightful almond flavor. Its ingredient list consists primarily of almonds, just the right amount of melon, and orange peel, the traditional hostie, and their delicate layer of royal icing. High-quality ingredients and rigorous craftsmanship make it a mildly sweet, delicate, and incredibly delicious treat. The same recipe, unchanged for years.
The Shape of Calisson de Saint-Rémy
Calisson de Saint-Rémy is distinguished by its square shape, in contrast to the diamond shape of the Calisson d'Aix.
When we began making calissons 30 years ago, we didn't have a calisson press. Instead, we rolled out the calisson paste and cut it into "squares" using a tool called a guitar. These calissons were so successful that we never dared to change their shape, which has since become our signature.
How Le Petit Duc's Calissons are Made
Our calissons are crafted in our workshop, at the factory, in the Drôme Provençale. You can witness how we make our calissons during your visit to our museum and discovery tour. You can observe our workshop and discover how we work with expertise and passion, thanks to views of our workshops and videos.
Our Bold Flavors
Le Petit Duc also offers recipes created out of a love for indulgence. Find our original recipes in tablets and metal boxes.
Our Creative Recipes: Discover creations like the intensely orange calissons, the Damask rose, ginger, lavender, or pistachio calissons.
Our Metal Boxes: You can also explore our large metal boxes, which are elegant and gourmet gifts, perfect for giving:
- Our Damier calissons, an elegant combination of fruit pastes and calissons.
- Our checkers set, mixing classic calissons with chocolate-coated variations.
- Assorted Calissons: No need to choose; this assortment includes our flagship recipes.
- Classic and organic calissons.
Order now to taste the historic recipe of the Provencal calisson. Between tradition and craftsmanship, these flavorful Provencal confections are sure to surprise you.