When I got an early mark one day, my first thought was to pick up some deliciousness to take home for dessert.
I love pretty packaging. I felt like I had been to a gorgeous little boutique, well I had, a macaron boutique.
I first saw one of these on a friend's Facebook.
She was in Paris at the time. If I didn't already want to visit Paris, the knowledge that these desserts existed sealed the deal. Paris hasn't happened yet but the amazing Raspberry and Vanilla uber-macaron has.
I also had to get a salted caramel chocolate one. Because how could I not?
Given how much work goes into these gorgeous creations, they are very reasonably priced at $8.90. The raspberry and vanilla was our favourite. Stunningly beautiful (the first bite is with the eye), it even has glitter on top! Juicy fresh raspberries with raspberry coulis provide a lovely tang to contrast the sweet macaron and creamy vanilla scented mascarpone. Superlative.
As expected, the salted caramel and chocolate was rich. If you are a chocoholic you must get one of these- rich bittersweet chocolate and perfectly oozy salted caramel. I love salted caramel and this had just the right amount of saltiness and carameliness (I may have just created a new word there).
Just look at it
Whilst the fancy desserts caught my eye in the first place, I had to get a couple of traditional macarons for completeness.
I consider macarons to be the epitomy of dessert, crunchy on the outside, sweet and creamy on the inside and so so cute. It can be hard to find a seriously good one though. Well friends, the wait is over.
Vanilla and caramel for the Bookworm and Rose for me. The Bookworm munched his before I could beg a taste but it had thick vanilla cream and a layer of oozing caramel. My rose one was delicately rose-y and creamy and perfectly balanced- like a fine glass of wine:)
It's a big call but I'm going to make it- these are the best macarons in Melbourne.