The theme of the majority of flavors at La Maison du Chocolat’s macaron offerings not surprisingly focus on chocolate or some variation of chocolate. I think this was a smart move. With so many delicious macarons in Paris, it would be foolish to go “head-to-head” with other places. Their dark chocolate macaron was superb, and so was the LARGE macaron version that is roughly 3 inches in diameter. We also tried their vanilla with chocolate filling, raspberry with chocolate, mocha, chocolate, and a couple of other flavors.
Smaller in size than the Fauchon ones, we found these to have good flavor but they just didn’t seem to leave as good an impression as other macarons we tried. They also seemed a bit messier looking (not that that will affect taste, it’s a quibble) and while good, not the pinnacle of macarons. Against a very tough set of “opponents” I would rate these a 8.0-8.5/10.0, just slightly below the Fauchon ones.
Don’t get me wrong. These weren’t bad, just not as good as some of the others we tried on the same trip. And yes, we did eat them within a few hours of buying them, so I don’t think it was an age issue at all. In fact, in almost all cases, we tried to buy the macarons as freshly made as possible, and hitting the stores in the morning was always a good strategy overall…
The Macarons at Fauchon