By Yen Anicas |
Softer than biscuits but crispier than a sandwich- this is how I define the now trending ‘sweet’ craze in town, macarons.
According to Wikipedia, macarons (not ‘Macaroons’ which are coconut cookies) “are sweet meringue-based confections made with eggs, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food coloring.”
They are bite-sized colorful cookies and can be of different flavors. In my experience, I have tried several delectable ones. They were so good that I would like to share three of my favorites and, of course, where I got them online.
The Almond Joy of Merry Macs is one bomb. It’s a combination of coconut, almond, and chocolate flavored filling. What I liked about this one is that it isn’t too sweet and it leaves an indescribable aftertaste.
Merry Macs is a home-based shop since 2011 owned by Ms. Ruthie Maye R. Padilla. Other flavors are also available like Chocolate with Potato Chips, Coco- Calamansi, Coffee with Bacon Maple, Chili Chocolate, Black Sesame with Wasabi, Red Velvet with Cream Cheese, Green Tea with White Choco and classic flavors like Chocolate and Strawberry.
Their macarons cost 420 per dozen or 35 per piece. Merry Macs also do customized and sculpted macarons depending on your desired shape or design.
Another sweet tooth-jerker is the Triple Chocolate from Empire Macaron. It has a light-flavored base with a kicker-filling. I loved the chocolatey taste of this flavor! I ended up eating six pieces in one sitting.
Empire Macaron was started in 2008 by a former sports reporter, Georgia Rocha-Chu. For six years now, their home-based shop offers best-selling flavors, which have been featured in various publications around the Metro. Some of their flavors are Hazelnut, Pistachio, Salted Caramel, Mocha, and Triple, Dark, or White Chocolate.
The macarons cost P315 for a box of 9 and P415 for a dozen. Empire Macaron also boasts of their Macaron Tower, perfect for events and celebrations, built with 120 pieces of assorted macarons for the price of P5,200.
And last, but never the least, I’d like to introduce the Peanut Caramel from Alchemy’s Baking Magic. The savor of this one was really magical considering that my taste buds longed for more of it despite the fact that I really am not a fan of caramel.
Ms. Meryl “Candy” Candice Go is the magician of Alchemy’s. With a diploma in Pastry and Baking Arts from Sunrice Global Chef Academy in Singapore, she started out a home-based bakeshop with her brother in 2011.
Alchemy’s offers regular flavors like Salted Caramel, Peanut Caramel, Chai Spice, Banana Walnut for P35 each while the premium flavors such as Green Tea, Coffee, Raspberry, Passion Fruit, Dark Chocolate and Mint Chocolate cost P40 each.
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Now, who would still need Laduree of Paris when through the internet, you can be joyous with Merry Macaron, feast like a royal with Empire Macaron, and have a magical sweet experience with Alchemy’s? I bet no one would, anymore.