3 unique macarons to sample in Paris.

Remember the big macaron craze from a couple of years ago? While I never really understood the frenzy, I’ve always been a fan.

While we were in Paris, we decided to go to where it all began: Pierre Hermé. Understated, elegant, and almost jewel-like, these macarons tasted exactly the way they look.

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Pierre Hermé describes their new flavors as “Fetishes.” That should give you an idea of the level of obsession and passion you experience here. 

Some of the flavor combinations included Olive Oil and Vanilla, Fresh Fruit and Mint, Carrot-Orange-Cinnamon, and Yogurt-Rose-Lychee-Raspberry.

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Of course we also had to try Ladurée macarons.

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Their flavor selections were a little more typical: Rose, Salted Caramel, Iced Mint, Pistachio…

Their iconic shop was bustling.

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It was clearly a pilgrimage for some.

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The third type of macaron I bought in Paris is inedible! These little boxes are just so cute that I couldn’t resist.

macaron boxesAre you a macaron fan? Were you part of the frenzy? What are your favorite flavors? (I love them all!)

 

Comments

  1. I’m a macaron fan too and always get them whenever i’m in Paris or transiting @ CDG. There is a Laduree here in New York City but I never go there. I heard the macarons there are shipped from Paris but I prefer to eat them fresh. 😉
    That’s awesome you had a macaron tasting!!! 🙂

    • Points Pixie says:

      Joey – Yes, it was memorable macaron moment. 😉

      There were some truly original flavors and combinations I never would have thought of.

  2. Somebody should create a macaron with the flavor of Italian tomato sauce and pasta.

    Then it can be called a macaroni.

    While I certainly would not refuse macarons, for some reason I do not crave them, either…

  3. Fave? Ladurée Pistachio!

    @Joey, please try the NYC branch. I don’t think you’ll regret it. It’s a little bit of France that brings back great memories. And the staff truly appreciates it if you speak to them in French. One of the employees came out behind the counter and spoke with me about 10 minutes. They are very warm and friendly at this location- if you treat them as one would correctly do in Paris! 🙂 And yes, they are shipped daily from France. I’ll take that anyday over them being made here (something about how there made. Like there’s no such thing as a true baguette in the U.S.).

    The recent craze might have been started by Pierre Hermé but the original is from Ladurée. Personally, I like the classics. So for me, I’m a fan of Ladurée. Worth the price. 🙂

    • Points Pixie says:

      icicle – I also loved the Ladurée rose. Actually, I don’t think you can get a bad flavor. Except maybe the Licorice. 😉

  4. ACK! I made a grammar boo-boo: “there” instead of “they’re”. I was too busy drooling over the photos to notice!

    Who’s jealous of Kendra? Me!!

    I love how you “get” Paris. I know how sometimes I’ve given others a hard time, but Kendra?? NEVER! She understands this city. And the stories from Japan with her family? Okay, that kind of travel is what encourages me to do the same!!! Experiencing life and learning something new- isn’t that why we earn points and miles??

    • Points Pixie says:

      icicle – I love how you “get” me! So glad you are enjoying my posts. You are inspiring me to write the rest of them. I must admit that I got a little discouraged after a barrage of negative comments from mean old Flyertalk people. They are the worst.

  5. Delicious post! And bonus points for spelling macaron correctly! (don’t know why I care so much, but I do!)

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