It's no secret that I love Pierre Hermes macarons. I've blogged about them here. And here. I just can't get enough of the sugary devils. My loyalty to PH left me reluctant to try out his biggest rival in the macaron world, the infamous Laduree. I know that people rave about Laduree but I really don't get it. The macarons just aren't great; the texture is too heavy and the flavours are bland. It's safe to say that I have not been converted.
I have tried Laduree macarons in Rose, Pistachio, Vanilla, Raspberry, Salted Caramel, and Chocolate. The rose flavour is probably my favourite. I don't like chocolate macarons so I am not really including them when I say that the salted caramel one was my least favourite. Instead of a light ganache in the centre there was actual caramel which was too heavy and sickly. Total disappointment.
Maybe I am being a bit too harsh on the Parisian pretties. The packaging is super cute, much more my taste than that of Pierre Herme (sshhh, don't tell him I said that). Packaging is important as it makes them feel more special even if the flavours aren't as inventive.
One more reason to love Pierre Herme? Here you go:
Blair: Why aren't you in Europe?
Chuck: I was. In Paris only to get your favourite macaroons from Pierre Herme.
I rest my case!