Roy René

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Aix-en-Provence , France
Street 13 rue Gaston de Saporta
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Lonely Planet review

Aix's sweetest treat since King René's wedding banquet in 1473 is the marzipan-like local speciality, calisson , a small, diamond-shaped chewy delicacy comprising 40% ground almonds and 60% fruit syrup, wrapped in a communion wafer and glazed with white icing sugar. When the Great Plague came into town in 1630, calissons supposedly staved off the disease. Traditional calissonniers still make the sweets, including Roy René, which also runs guided tours at its out-of-town factory/museum.