For him: Prune cookies

Prunes aren’t exactly sexy … but French is the language of love. So sophisticated parents or amis will delight in the Calissons du Roy René. The small diamond-shaped cookie/candies blend almonds, candied fruit and a hint of orange peel, topped with royal icing. A gourmet specialty of Aix-en-Provence since the 1500s, this assortment of 10 includes lemon, orange, fig, violet and prune. $17 at quelobjet.com.

( HANDOUT / February 1, 2010 )

Prunes aren’t exactly sexy … but French is the language of love. So sophisticated parents or amis will delight in the Calissons du Roy René. The small diamond-shaped cookie/candies blend almonds, candied fruit and a hint of orange peel, topped with royal icing. A gourmet specialty of Aix-en-Provence since the 1500s, this assortment of 10 includes lemon, orange, fig, violet and prune. $17 at quelobjet.com.

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