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What I Think:
While shopping at my local New Seasons Market, I found this cute little box of macarons on the bakery shelf. The packaging was almost as alluring as the contents: the box is a pretty French blue, and it’s been wrapped in twine. Really cute with a very French sort of appeal to it.
It didn’t take me long to start in on these treats. I could think of little else on the way home except those macarons in the grocery bag! I did take a moment to read the label and I found that Decadent Creations is a local bakery in Beaverton, Oregon. I like supporting local businesses, so I felt even better about this purchase. (I always feel a little guilty when I buy treats for myself, and knowing that I’m supporting a local business … lessens the guilt just a little bit.)
The macarons are delicately crisp on the outside and light and airy on the inside. The creamy filling adds the right amount of decadent sweetness. These seem to just melt in my mouth. So delicious and … yes … decadent. They named their bakery appropriately!
There were three flavors in this box: 2 pistachio macarons, 2 lemon lavender macarons and 1 salted caramel. The pistachio macarons were very sweet and it was a little difficult to discern the nutty pistachio flavor through all the sweetness until the finish, then the pistachio nuttiness came through. The pistachio macarons were good … but my least favorite of the three.
The lemon lavender macarons were delightful! The lemon comes through prominently as soon as I bite into the crackly crisp shell of the macaron, and the lavender pops through as I continue to eat and allow the flavors to move across the palate. I like that the lavender is delicate here. It’s just the right amount of lavender to add a hint of sweet, floral contrast to the tangy lemon notes … but not so much to overpower the confection and give it a soapy taste.
The salted caramel macaron was by far my favorite. Oh my goodness. Perfection! The caramel is sweet and creamy and luscious, and there is just the right touch of salt to cut through that sweetness to keep it from becoming cloying. I only got one Salted caramel macaron in my box of five macarons, and I found myself wishing that all five of them were the salted caramel! They’re so good!
My Final Thoughts:
These were delicious. At $6.99 for a box of five, they’re a little spendy, but, macarons ARE a little difficult to find and when you do find them … the price I paid is comparable for what I’d pay elsewhere. These were a little bit of heaven.