Thursday, October 9, 2014

Chantal Guillon - 3 Macarons - Oct. 9, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Chantal Guillon
1.) Tiramisu macaron - Good
2.) Salted Caramel macaron - Good
3.) Red Velvet - Good
Weight: .9 oz. (25.47 g.) (estimate) for 3 macarons
Calories: 135 calories (estimate) in 3 macarons
Cost: $5.50 for 1/2 box ($11.00 for 6-piece box)
Purchased from: Chantal Guillon (shop), in Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #9 of Chocolate and Gluten Free Cookie Theme Week.

These colorful, round gluten-free cookies came from Chantal Guillon's macaron and tea shop in downtown Palo Alto, in northern California. Rows of macarons were displayed in glass cases inside a chic, white interior.

Macarons are airy and sweet, generally gluten-free confection cookies with a creamy filling sandwiched between two rounds. Popular in France and elsewhere in Europe, they've also been easier to find in the U.S. in recent years.

I tried three Chantal Guillon flavors: 1.) Tiramisu (the flavor of the month for September 2014, dusted with cocoa powder); 2.) Salted Caramel (a best seller); and Red Velvet (red and white, with a hint of cocoa powder).

Macarons are a bit sweet for everyday consumption, but these cheery (polka dot) confections were well executed and attractively colored; and I did enjoy exploring the different flavors.

The Salted Caramel was my favorite of the three, followed by the Tiramisu. A bit of salt and butter often helps balance the sweetness. The Tiramisu was lighter in texture and flavor with a hint of mocha flavor which also helped amp down the sugar.

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