As you could probably tell, I have this undying passion for sweets and desserts. I think most of the things I learn to cook/bake and spend money on are sweets. Now I don't like sodas and pop tarts, I'm not into artificial sugars. I'm into real desserts with good quality ingredients that are worth spending money on. Among all of the famous desserts out there, I consider macarons as the Vogue of desserts -- pretty, elegant, and delicate.
You don't eat them for comfort on daily basis. They're not cookies that you can just bake in 20 minutes. Made of ground almonds, sugar and egg whites, macarons require a special skill to make that you don't just develop overnight. Oh talk about the flavoring! It takes creativity and imagination to come up with the ones that work!
This post is to celebrate some of the best macarons I've tasted in DFW so far. So here it goes!
Let's start with Chocolate Secrets.
Ignore the bad reviews you might see online. And don't be intimidated by the $$$ label on google. It's really not that expensive (unless you're getting the specialty chocolate boxes), especially the macarons. For under $3, you get a good size of pretty macarons with crisp shells and gooey center that are uniquely flavored!
When I go out and try macarons, I try to stir clear from the basic flavours like Pistachio and chocolate, because they pretty much taste similar in one patisserie and another. So I'd usually go for the unique ones, like my favorite flavours here at Chocolate Secrets, Raspberry Vodka and the seasonal Popcorn macarons (the white one at the top) that they had a few months ago. The Green Apple one on the bottom is also good, and if you still want something boozy, try the Mojito macarons. What I also love about this place is that it's very kid-friendly. In fact, kids get 1 chocolate (any chocolate of their choice!) for FREE every day. They have buy 1 get 1 macaron promo, weekly Jazz nights, and sets of board games and what-not that you can play with. It's a great place to hangout for hours even with kids.
Next, my new favorite place, JOY macarons. I've actually tried some of their macarons in January, when I went to Davis St espresso. But I must've had the wrong ones because they didn't impress me. Today however, I had some of the yummiest macarons ever there!
I'm talking about Pear and Basil Macaron Ice Cream sammy here! Oh my lord was that good! The other one that stood out for me was the Lavender & Honey macaron (the purple one at the bottom). You can actually taste both ingredients in one bite! The seasonal Pumpkin macaron is also really good, with all of the pumpkin spice and cinnamony taste. I would like to try the Rose and Lychee one next time! Anyhow, JOY is not really a place for hanging out with your kiddo. It's actually more of a grab-and-go place for you to get a quick sugar fix and leave.
You can also get some merch like these tumblers right here and some temporary tattoos by Tattly (like the ones they sell at Met Ice Cream in Fort Worth).
Now what about the other famous patisserie like uptown's Bisous Bisous? Hmm...I honestly think it doesn't come close to these two places I just wrote about. The flavours are not as unique as JOY or Chocolate Secrets (the most 'unusual' one is probably the PB & J, but it doesn't work as magically good as popcorn or honey-lavender).
This was my favourite from Bisous Bisous and it was their 4th of July special : Mixed berry and cream cheese. The usuals are pretty standard, so I don't get why it's on the Best of Big D. But hey, if you want to check the place out, click here :) It's still a cute place to take photos. For more reviews follow my dineline here :)