I don’t really understand the current obsession with macarons. I don’t understand why people all seem to be going crazy over meringue (aka low fat, whipped egg white) cookies; they just don’t sound overly tasty to me. But curiosity ended up getting the better of me, and there happened to be a macaron shop – Bon Macaron – that’s located on Broadway, just a short trip away from UBC. I decided to check the place out recently. They are, of course, specialized in macarons and offer them in several dozen different flavours (and also classes on making them). Unable to pick from such a large selection, I ended up going for a dozen macarons, which are priced at $18.
Dozen Assorted Macarons ($18):
All the cookies were crispy on the outside and slightly soft and chewy on the interior, and just melted in my mouth. Their flavours were all very intense and distinct; even if you can’t remember which cookies are which, you can quite easily tell most of them from taste/smell alone. My favourite varieties were the Dulce de Leche, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Salted Caramel, Tiramisu, Matcha, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Nutella. A couple of them, in particular the caramels, were a bit on the sweeter side; I didn’t mind, but my mom (who also tried a couple) actually complained that they were too sweet for her taste.
I was pretty skeptical about macarons and I have to say, Bon Macaron has really changed my mind. While I wasn’t completely blown away from the treats – I do still very much prefer regular, chewy cookies – I still really enjoyed the cookies. The prices are a bit high, but considering the quality of their ingredients and flavours, I think that they are worth it. All in all, this is definitely worth checking out.