Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe; it has fashion, it has fascinating architecture, but most of all, it has macaroons. So when I stumbled across the small Ladurée shop and café in the courtyard of Covent Garden, it took no time at all for me to become a regular customer!
There is something a little bit special about macaroons, with their beautifully coloured delicate shells, which simply crumble into your mouth with every bite. They are by far the cutest confectionary treat that you can just pop into your mouth when you’re craving something just a little bit sweet! (Although, if you do this, you are not getting the full macaroon experience in my opinion; you’re missing out on that slight crunch, followed by a prolonged chewy softness that just oozes pure flavour into your mouth that you only considered possible in fairy tales until now!) The macaroon is an experience to be savoured!
As I was (supposed to be) sharing my macaroons with my boyfriend, I only picked out four flavours. I thought it would be easier to resist eating them all if I’d already tried that specific macaroon; it wasn’t! Unfortunately, the little leaflet that the waitress gave me detailing all of the flavours is wrong, so I won’t be able to refer to all of them by their official fancy French names, but after savouring each and every beautiful mouthful I can most definitely tell you what flavours they consisted of!
The first macaroon was salted caramel. This sweet little bundle of joy simply oozed its very generous helping of caramel filling into my very ready and welcoming mouth, and as I pulled the macaroon away from my lingering lips I felt the satisfying pull of the ‘gooey’ texture. I know this sounds like a love story, but that’s because it is! I am officially in love with Ladurée!
Carrying on my sweet little journey, I encountered the rather special strawberry flavoured marshmallow macaroon. This pink little ball of perfection epitomises exactly how I would imagine food in a Disney princess film to look, taste, and feel! Whilst it did taste a little bit like bubblegum (not that I’m complaining; it only furthered my nostalgic return to my childhood), I thoroughly enjoyed the change in texture with its marshmallow centre creating a slightly thicker and chewier experience than the rest of the macaroons. Furthermore, the sprinkling of sugar encasing this miniature delight not only made it even sweeter, but also added a nice extra crunch to each bite.
The third macaroon was coffee and chocolate. This was actually my boyfriend’s favourite. The chocolate to coffee ratio was absolutely perfect; it had a very distinct, sweet coffee taste, which was followed up by an almost caramel-tasting chocolate flavour, which was reminiscent of the caramel Frappuccinos at Starbucks. It was certainly a nice pick-me-up in the middle of a busy and stressful afternoon!
Last, but not least, was the chocolate and orange flavoured macaroon. Far from tasting like normal chocolate orange flavoured confectionaries, which are predominantly chocolatey and simply complemented by a sweet orange flavour, this macaroon created a flavour sensation that was altogether extraordinary in comparison. The orange macaroon was sharp and tangy, and stood out in contrast to the subtle sweetness of the chocolate filling. With flavours that were both complimentary and distinctively different, this macaroon was special and confusing all at the same time; a definite unexpected adventure for your taste buds!
However, the pièce de résistance (my love of random French phrases being very appropriate for this post) was the Caramel Apple Macaroon.
This giant macaroon was an absolute dream. Even with a fresh, cooked-apple filling, which oozed a creamy surprise in the centre, and a sticky caramel filling sandwiching the whole dessert together, the macaroons retained their beautiful, crumbly crunch without the slightest hint of sogginess (my Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood judging hat came on here)! And the whole thing was finished off with a ridiculously sweet and crunchy caramel drizzle and tiny apple pieces cooked to perfection to keep with the consistent softness of the whole pudding (apart from when you were ocassionally greeted with the satisfying crunch of the caramel drizzle)!
Whatever you choose as your Ladurée treat, I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed! Everything is perfected right down to the last little detail on all of their confectionary delights, and I absolutely adore choosing from their massive collection of flavours and desserts every time I find the time and money to visit! It won’t be a cheap trip, but every mouthful will be worth every penny!