Macaroons are about the most typical French snack/dessert that I can imagine. They are delicious with a capital D and in the perfect format for a little pick-me-up. Bite into a well-made macaroon and you get a bit of crunch, a lot of creamy and hopefully a burst of flavor.
So far, I daresay that my favorite macaroons that I have eaten in France are from the Parisian chef Pierre Hermé. The textures are amazing, but the flavors are out of this world! There are always the classics, like salted caramel or chocolate, but Hermé also seasonally offers the most refined and surprising flavor combinations possible. This summer, there is passion fruit, rhubarb and strawberry or orange, carrot and cinnamon.
Yesterday, the other half surprised me with two macaroons! (And to think that I almost reminded him there is a Pierre Hermé store in the Galleries Lafayette! Ha!) One was passion fruit and chocolate, the other rose, litchi and raspberry. Wow. Just wow. I can’t even imagine how they pack so much (natural) flavor into these tiny packages. Was there even a piece of fresh raspberry in there? I swoon, to say the least.
Don’t worry, I will continue my official research as to where to find the best macaroon. It’s hard work but someone has to do it.