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Melon and Orange French Calissons

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So simple, yet so exquisite, that’s what you can expect from Melon and Orange French Calissons. If you’ve never had these traditional French candies, they taste of ripe melons and oranges with ground almonds, all topped with a thin and dainty layer of royal icing. While they’re like marzipan in texture, there’s truly nothing more stunning than French Calissons!

Close up of two French calissons on a table.

What Goes Into Melon and Orange French Calissons?

Believe it or not, French Calissons only require 6 ingredients. The base is a paste made from candied melon with orange peel, pruned almonds, and water. Egg whites and icing sugar create the royal icing that finishes off this sophisticated candy.

All told, it takes 35 minutes to make 20 French Calissons that will impress guests or make for a beautiful gift this holiday season. A process of boiling, blending, mixing, beating, cooling, and baking all take place. You’ll certainly feel busy but in no time at all, you’ll reap the rewards of this heavenly candy.

Close up of two French calissons on a table.

Common Questions

How to enjoy French Calissons?

French Calissons are something you can enjoy any time, especially if you make them yourself. They tend to be expensive when you buy them, but you can make your own and give them as gifts during the holiday season.

How to shape French Calissons?

This traditional French candy comes in an almond shape. You can shape them using a knife, though an oval cookie cutter can help. There are also Calisson molds you can find to get that shape.

Where do French Calissons originate from?

French Calissons have been a favorite among those in the south of France for centuries. They come from a town called Aix-en-Provence.

How do I store French Calissons?

If you want to store your French Calissons, you must first wrap them loosely in wax paper, then tuck them into an airtight tin. They are best when they’re fresh, so when giving a gift, be sure to deliver them promptly and urge your recipient to eat them quickly.

Chopnotch Tips

  • Use the water from the pruned almonds to get the right consistency on the paste. This will add extra flavor to your French Calissons.
  • The dough must come to room temperature before you proceed!
  • The key to making this traditional French delight is to let the dough rest with the icing on top before baking it.

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How to Make

Melon and Orange French Calissons

Traditional French calissons are a sophisticated melon-flavored candy that take less time than you think to create beautiful and authentic results.
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 20


  • ½ cup pruned almonds
  • 10 oz water
  • 3 oz candied melon
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon orange peel
  • 1 cup icing sugar
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  • Boil water. Soak pruned almonds in boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and preserve water.
  • Add melon, orange peel, and almonds to a blender. Process until combined.
  • Add water from the prune almonds to the almond mixture and mix until the dough is formed. Let cool to room temperature.
  • Beat egg whites and sugar in a bowl until smooth.
  • Spread the dough on a baking tray to form a rectangle, top with egg-sugar mixture and let rest for an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 300F and bake for 5 minutes. Let cool and cut into pieces.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 48kcal (2%), Carbohydrates: 7g (2%), Protein: 1g (2%), Fat: 2g (3%), Saturated Fat: 1g (6%), Sodium: 9mg, Potassium: 40mg (1%), Fiber: 1g (4%), Sugar: 6g (7%), Vitamin A: 144IU (3%), Vitamin C: 1mg (1%), Calcium: 10mg (1%), Iron: 1mg (6%)

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