Welcome to Calissons by Gilles, an online French candy store based in Orange County, California.
Calissons by Gilles was born out of friendship.
Returning from Aix-en-Provence, France, Gilles brought back Calissons for his good friends John and Maureen. They fell in love with them and insisted that, with his background, he should create Calissons by Gilles so the rest of the world could experience a piece of Provence.
A Word from the Founder
Gilles Cailleaux lived in Aix-en-Provence for 10 years and fell in love with the amazing colors and flavors of Provence that constantly surround your senses. This is the place where romance and the divine meet; the place where the Calisson was born (See the origin of the Calisson). It is an extraordinary little town filled with history and life.
Gilles, our Master Confectioner.
Gilles was born in Normandy and grew-up in the center of France. After four years of studying at Belgium’s prestigious culinary institute, CERIA in Anderlecht, he returned to France to accomplish his “Tour de France”, working in Paris, Lyon and Clermont-Ferrand as Pastry Chef, Chocolatier and Candy maker.
His love for travel brought him to Los Angeles where he met his French wife and settled. Gilles expertise led him to work with Michel Richard, pastry chef of the stars, before becoming the Pastry Chef for the Hyatt’s Regency at LAX.
Gilles is delighted to share his 25 years plus experience of French candy making with you and look forward to hear your love story with his creations.
Maureen, Marketing Director
A California native, Maureen has a long tradition and love affair with food. Trying her hand at professional baking years ago, she focused her creativity to homemade cooking. Her encounter with Gilles was the beginning of a culinary relationship that led her to the discovery of Calisson. She shares: "This beautiful French confection is something special. While the Calisson has been around for centuries, it is time for those outside of France to discover the uniqueness of this extraordinary candy".
Calissons by Gilles is devoted to your satisfaction. From product creation to shipping, our staff is sensitive about taste and harmony, and will prepare your packages with care and attention. You can send an email to the Calisson by Gilles team by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org