Anyway...I heard (not sure how) about a macaron shop in Savannah. I've made macarons three times and they were good, but there were still things wrong with them. I've also eaten a true French macaron in Paris when I was there in 2010 on our honeymoon. I had no idea their popularity at the time here in America so I only ate one while in Paris. They were everywhere! A few times, while in Paris, we would go to some bakeries and just pick out stuff we wanted to try and one day I chose a chocolate macaron. I had no idea what it was....I just pointed at what I wanted. When I ate it, it tasted a lot like a brownie to me....the same dense texture. I really enjoyed it....but I'm really wishing I would have gotten more. Where I live, there really isn't a place to get macarons...so I either have to make them myself (which a lot of practicing is needed), or go to Savannah :-)
|The chocolate macaron that I ate while in Paris.|
|French macarons in a window in Paris.|
I HAD, HAD, HAD to try this macaron place. I do have to admit, I was most excited about this endeavor when going to Savannah over anything else. I wanted to taste what a "correct" macaron was supposed to taste like and compare notes.
When we arrived, it was in an obscure place in the business/commercial part of Savannah. They supposedly have a location in the historic downtown as well....but we went to the one that quite nicely enough, was pretty close to where my grandpa lives (I might be dropping some hints for what I'd like for Christmas since he comes here to celebrate with us!). It was a very cute little store. They just sell macarons and drinks like coffee, tea, etc. We came and got one of every flavor that they offered at the time which was 13. I watched a video of flavors that they offer online and I was bummed that some of them weren't there like the red velvet and cappuccino. We just got a bag of them and went on our way. A bag of macarons for a dozen is $20 and a box is $22. I was so happy that my husband bought these and didn't worry about price. We don't get to go to Savannah often and he knew just how excited I really was.
I ate the macarons over time....I didn't pig out all in one day. The first one I tried was vanilla bean. It was so delicious! I loved the filling. The shell was crunchy, but with the chewy texture and no huge air bubbles on the inside (like mine have had in the past). My husband got chocolate mint and pistachio for himself. I had a nibble of each, but these just aren't flavors that I care for in general. My husband loves ALL things chocolate mint whereas, I only like the occasional Andes mint.
The flavors we got were: vanilla bean, raspberry, chocolate, meyer lemon, pistachio, chocolate mint, chocolate hazelnut, Tybee turtle, salted caramel, blackberry lavender, key lime, bourbon pecan, and snickers. Of all these flavors, I'd have to say I really enjoyed the meyer lemon, vanilla bean, salted caramel, and chocolate hazelnut the most. I wasn't so sure I'd like the blackberry lavender, but it wasn't too bad. There was a hint of lavender flavor and it was a gorgeous purple color.
This place was a huge success in my book. I'm already dying to go back. Please check this place out if you are going to the Savannah area....or they ship as well from their online store.
Maison de Macaron
1100 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 28
Closed on Sunday