Cacao – The Strawberries & Cream and Pistachio Edition
From my box of four, I have now consumed three.
Today, I first tried the Strawberries and Cream macaron. One side has a cream filling (the white side) and the other a thinner strawberry layer. Both taste like a buttercream filling.
One bite into this colourful macaron, and instantly I get that familiar strawberries and cream hit, a burst of flavour. The flavour isn’t overpowering and the macaron biscuit still crisp and chewy on the inside. It has a very pleasant taste to it, while not being overly sweet. Sweet enough to remind you that it’s like a candy biscuit not not too sweet that you have to drink some cleansing tea straight away.
This would be one I wouldn’t mind tasting again!
Onto my second taste in 10 minutes.
The Pistachio macaron looks great, it is bite sized like the other Cacao macarons I have tasted and the added finely chopped pistachios on top give it that added visual appeal.
The inside is, of course, a pistachio buttercream filling but the taste of it is very very subtle. It’s almost a hint of it, pretty much you need to take a bite and let your mouth find the flavour. Once you do, it’s a very nice pistachio filling. I think with pistachio flavour, too much of it can make it almost unpleasant, so I can see why Cacao have chosen to make the flavour just on the tip of your tongue instead of that burst of flavour you get from the strawberries and cream macaron. The pistachio on the biscuit gives it that added dimension, the hard nut texture against the chewy centre is quite nice.
I don’t mind this macaron but I wouldn’t try it again, based on the fact that the flavour is almost non existant and I prefer a stronger flavour to my macarons. It is very well made and presented but not for me.
Stay tuned for my last Cacao macaron tasting.
Melbourne, VIC 3000
(03) 9629 4955
Cacao Macarons – Hazelnut Edition
I bought four Cacao Macarons (Lt Collins St store) a few days ago but hadn’t had the chance to taste them.
The first one I tried today was the Hazelnut flavoured one and here are my impressions.
I was slightly disappointed with this Hazelnut macaron, although the crunch was present with a nice chewy centre, the hazelnut buttercream lacked punch. It was almost like it was trying to be a subtle complement to the sweet biscuit. The biscuit was a bit overly sweet, not too sweet that it was you felt you needed to head to the dentist but just slightly too much icing sugar for my liking.
What the filling needed was a strong flavour, similar to hazelnut ice cream (Connoisseur is pretty good) or a Forrero Rocher taste, although it had a nice smooth texture to it. It didn’t make me go, ‘I want another!’, like I did with the Le Petit Gateau macarons. Visually, it was very appealing, you just wanted to put the whole thing in your mouth.
Overall, it was a decent macaron (I’m a macaron expert now =D), it had many of the elements present that make a good macaron. The biscuit was good (just a tad sweeter then I’m used to), the filling was not particularly sweet that kind of balanced against the biscuit. Maybe that was their intention? I was expecting a sweet filling and a delicate biscuit and not the other way around! I also had high expectations because of my love of hazelnut flavoured anything. I certainly wouldn’t have said no this Cacao macaron.
I’ll be taste testing the other 3 later on but this particular one has dampened my excitement to taste the rest.
Cacao – Melbourne CBD
Shop 7 / 525 Little Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 9629 4955
Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm
Exceptions: Public Holidays
Introduction to my food experience – Le Petit Gateau
I visited Le Petit Gateau on Lt Collins St today after seeing on the Melbourne Macarons website that they sold them.
I had no idea they made them, they do by the way, make a delicious Hazelnut Praline mud cake and their Lemon Tart is just as good for those Lemon Lovers with a crunchy and delectable pastry with a not overly sour lemon curd. Mmmm
Anyway, Le Petit Gateau have two macaron flavours on offer, a salted caramel one and a green tea one. Sorry no pics, I couldn’t wait to eat them.
These macarons were small and bite sized. When you bite into them, it has a nice crunch to it but a nice marshmallowie gooey centre. The green tea one had a strong flavour but balanced well with the sweetness of the biscuit and the filling, and the slight bitterness of the green tea powder.
The salted caramel macaron was just as tasty, the crunch and crispness was similar to the green tea one but the filling had a nice caramel filling in it. It reminded me of the Werther’s Original candy in a nice gooey, viscous form. I’m no expert on macarons, that being the first time I have ever bought one but my experience was a positive one.
Although they were both small in size, maybe the size of a 50c coin, the flavour punch they both have, along with the nice marshmallow centre and the texture of the almond meal worked quite well together.
I’d recommend both. The green tea macaron made me feel less guilty but I bet they both have their fair share of calories in them! For me, I’d definitely be going back, but maybe taking a slice of cake back with me too.
Le Petit Gateau
(03) 9944 8893
458 Little Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3000
Stay tuned for my tastings of Cacao’s macarons.