I didn’t know much about French Macarons before this weekend, in fact I didn’t even know there was a huge difference between Macaroons and Macarons (hey, I’m a relatively new foodie). I’ve tried a coconut Macaroon at Dolci and I wasn’t blown away. But when I noticed other foodies (Buffalo Spree, Buffao Chow, Cooking in WNY) getting really excited about Sarah Walley and her French Macarons, I realized I had been missing out on something. So I made a mental note that I had to make sure to order some of these for myself and see what the big deal was.
So Alli and I visited Zillycakes (one of the places in Buffalo selling Sarah’s macarons) and we capitalized on a St Patty’s sale of their Creme de Menthe (pictured above). Normally $2.25 each, these green guys were only $1.25 each this weekend, so we scooped up two of them. Since my macaron experience was limited to just pictures, I had no idea what to expect. On a very general level, you are biting into a delicious cream-filled mini sandwich cookie. But calling it a sandwich cookie doesn’t do it justice. The texture and surface of the outside of the cookie is very smooth and slightly crisp. It didn’t take much effort to bite through it to find the minty and fluffy cookie layer underneath. The middle of this treat consists of a minty cream and gel filling that was sweet, sugary and perfectly satisfying. The ratio of cookie to cream/gel filling was, in my opinion, perfect (I feel confident saying that, even though this was my first real macaron experience) and I could have easily eaten a dozen of these little gems in one sitting. I’ve never had anything like this and after taking my first bite I actually said “whoa” out loud. I also ordered the Salty Caramel ($2.25 each, pictured above) which were equally as delicious. Sarah tweeted back to me that they took a while to get right and you can taste that hard work. These had the same great texture but with a caramel flavored filling and a delicious caramel sauce coating.
I know this was my first macaron experience but I was incredibly impressed with Sarah Walley’s treats. I’ve always heard amazing things about macarons in general but I could never understand why people loved them. I now completely understand. I can’t wait to go back and try more of her flavors. At Zillycakes they store them in a cooler, so they recommend you let the macarons ‘warm up’ to at least room temperature (about 30 minutes). You can also find Sarah’s French Macarons at Oh Pour L’amour Du Chocolat in Snyder (for your Northtown-ers). Do yourself a favor and find spend the $2-3 and try one. If you want to keep updated about new flavors and what’s going on in the kitchen you can follow Sarah Walley Events on facebook, twitter or on her blog.