Macarons! Apparently to never be misconstrued or misspelled as macaroons. I never thought I’d lay my eyes on the actual thing. That is until I spotted and purchased these Chocolate and Vanilla Macarons from Trader Joe’s! I live in an area where the French delicacy is not sold. I’ve heard other specialty food shops sold them – but my local locations do not. In my area coconut macaroons are a big seller and are sold in numerous stores and specialty bake shops (particularly Italian bakeries).
These macarons were $4.99 for the box and were sold out of the freezer section at my local Trader Joe’s. The only packaged flavor available at my location was the chocolate and vanilla variety. I let the cookies defrost per the package directions and enjoyed.
Since I’ve never had the cookie before I have nothing to compare against – but I have to say I really loved these! They were soft, moderately chewy and not very sweet. They did break apart very easily, but I suspect that’s due to freezing, defrosting and bouncing around in the shopping bag in the trunk of the car. I found the vanilla cream (frosting) was a lot softer and was spilling out of the macaron whereas the chocolate was firmer and stayed in place.
2 cookies are a serving size and they only translated into being 2 points plus values. Completely worth it, worth the experience and just plain delicious all around. I’m a fan. I’m also glad macarons are not sold in my area (at least no place that I know of) because I’d have to taste test. I’ve taste tested the coconut macaroons at my local Italian bakery in the past – so I can see possible “damage” if they were sold around me like the coconut macaroons are. But nonetheless I would and will repurchase these again … so please, Trader Joe’s, do NOT discontinue these!
Have you tried Trader Joe’s macarons? Did you enjoy them? If not, have you ever had a macaron?