What’s better than sweet and delicious Christmas and holiday themed cupcakes? Christmas and holiday themed cupcakes AND macarons! For years cupcakes were my be all and end all. Nothing could come between us. Not pie, not candy, not donuts, sometimes not even ice cream! It was rare, but it happened. For the past year and a half though I’ve been loving macarons more and more and I’ve been enjoying them just as much as cupcakes, especially over the last few months. I started hitting up a ton of patisseries and bakeries I had never been to before to try their macarons – Butter Avenue, Cake Opera, Nadege Patisserie and even Yorkville Espresso Bar for their strawberry marshmallow ones among a few other spots. Some I loved to itty bitty pieces, some were so-so, and some were, well, awful. Which ones were awful? I can’t say. I promised myself and all of you that I’d never bash anything here unless I had something else positive to redeem the situation. If you’re really curious I’d tell you straight up but only privately, so all you’ll see here are the ones I loved and the ones I liked.
Every spot has their standouts and the ones you can live without, so out of those 4 recent visits and sweet spots, here are the ones I loved the most: Yorkville Espresso Bar’s strawberry marshmallow, Nadege Patisserie’s pumpkin, Cake Opera’s vanilla-orange blossom (even though their retail section is no longer around, definitely keep them in mind for catering orders and sweet tables!), and Butter Avenue’s walnut matcha green tea and cafe au lait. Now it’s time to add some sweet and lickably delicious Christmas and holiday macarons from Petit Thuet to the mix!
Now, you all know how deeply in love I am with Petit Thuet’s cookies n’ cream macaron. And if you don’t, you do now! I didn’t think any other flavour of theirs could compare.
I was wrong.
There are 3 others. And two of them are Christmas ones! *cue excited squeals* During my most recent visit to Petit Thuet on King and Yonge Street, I picked up a box of half a dozen macarons and was absolutely beside myself when I found out they had holiday flavours! I was truly happy with all 5 flavours I chose (I duplicated one of them so my boyfriend could try): eggnog (bright yellow shells with eggnog cream), gingerbread candy cane (OH.MY.GOD – gingerbread brown shells with candy cane cream), white chocolate wasabi (crazy, I know! White shells with wasabi powder sprinkled on top and white chocolate cream mixed with a hint of wasabi mixed in), my beloved cookies n’ cream (cookie shells with Oreo cream), and the luscious mint chocolate with its bright green shells and rich chocolate ganache.
Honestly, out of all the times I’ve bought a selection of macarons, this was the first time I truly loved all the flavours I chose. While there are flavours I’d jump on more quickly, I can truly say I’d go back for any and all of them. However, I know everyone likes to know which ones are the shining stars out of the ones I hadn’t tried yet so I’m going to say that you need to stuff your face with the eggnog, gingerbread candy cane, and the mint chocolate ones. I know. That doesn’t really help. But it’s only because they’re so delicious! The eggnog is so creamy, the gingerbread candy cane is an insanely adorable, fun mix of gingerbread spice and crunchy, pepperminty candy cane bits and cream (that’s right, it’s not just candy cane cream in the middle, you get the crunch from actual crushed candy cane!), and the mint chocolate is decadent, rich, thick, and deliciously chocolatey smorsgabord of your favourite peppermint patty, After Ate chocolate thin mints, and Girl Scout cookies.
So if you can get to Petit Thuet sometime, take advantage of the holiday and Christmas flavours!
Petite Thuet serves 3 locations in downtown/midtown Toronto:
- 1162 Yonge St. (between Summerhill and Rosedale subway stations, on the west side of Yonge St.)
- 1 King St. West (at the corner of Yonge and King St.)
- 244 King St. East (between Sherbourne and Princess St.)