My macaron-obsessed sister-in-law sure knows a thing or two
about these delicate French pastries. She's on a mission to sample the best that NYC has to offer before she moves to Seoul next week, and I am more than happy to follow her adventures
(and can't wait to see the amazing treats she finds in Korea!).
Just a couple of weeks ago, my friend got assigned to another flight to NYC, so we had a nice, long date. We started off the day by eating ramen at Menkui Tei, and after doing some shopping, we decided we needed something sweet. My friend told me that after our experience at Ladurée, she got hooked onto macarons. Of course, that meant we had to have macarons. I yelped the nearest macaron shop, and since I hadn't tried this place before, we began to walk to La Maison du Chocolat.
The one we went to was at the Rockefeller Plaza, although there is one at Wall Street and another in the Upper East Side.
Apparently, this store's specialty was chocolate, so I was curious as to what kind of macarons it would carry.
Rows of macarons!!! I couldn't resist this scenery and took a picture, but a lady came up and told everyone, "No photography please." Meh.
I bought a box of 6, which cost a total of $16.50. That's $2.75 per macaron.
I got passion fruit, coffee, caramel, pistachio, raspberry, and lighter dark chocolate.
The colors are really pretty! Earthy colors, fitting to a store whose specialty is in chocolates.
What's unique about these macarons is that the fillings are all chocolate. However, they have incorporated various extracts into the chocolate according to its flavor - for example, the chocolate filling for the caramel macaron tastes like caramel. Also, I don't know if this is because the filling has melded and seeped into the macaron hats, but the hats have a strong flavor too.
Well, here goes the tasting!
First off, the lighter dark chocolate. Wasn't too unique, so I don't have much to say.
Next, coffee!! This was one of my favorites, as it had a nice, rich coffee flavor that wasn't too bitter nor too sweet.
Rasberry. I love berry-flavored chocolate, so this was also pretty good.
Passion fruit. Not a big fan of passion fruit - it has a sort of bitterness that I can't get used to.
Pistachio. Didn't taste much like pistachio, so it was a bit of a disappointment, since I love pistachio macarons.
Caramel! This was pretty good. I loved how the chocolate filling tasted like caramel and had a sort of gooey texture that is unique to caramel.
The macarons of La Maison du Chocolat were nice quality and tasted good. However, the store doesn't carry a great selection of flavors. I'm not talking about HOW MANY flavors, but the VARIETY. But then again, this place specializes in chocolate, thus the flavors are centered around that and the macarons are all filled with chocolate.
Besides the whole texture of the macaron hats, which is key to a great-tasting/feeling macaron, the fillings are what essentially delivers the flavors. So in that sense, I've become an anti-fan of chocolate ganache, which, with its strong flavor and sweetness, covers up other flavors. While La Maison du Chocolat incorporates different flavored chocolates to fill their macarons, chocolate is what you taste the most. As much as I am a lover of chocolates and macarons, I sort of got tired of eating these macarons.
But still, these are good macarons to have if you are craving something chocolatey! The next review will be on the macarons from Cha-An!