Sweet Notions Right at Your Neighbourhood Supermarket – Pistachio and Raspberry Chocolate Macarons

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Imagine my delight when I found giant sweet macarons in the bakery desserts case at Metro supermarket!  I had always wanted to try macarons.  They always looked so pretty and colourful and cute whenever I saw pictures of them or whenever I happened to see them in a spiffy dessert café.  But I never got around to trying them because the prices for them always seemed a bit steep: $3 for a dessert the size of a toonie?!  It’s ironic when you think about it.  So I sadly walked away each time. 

When I discovered them at Metro last October though, I gasped with glee when I saw a dessert display case chock full of perfectly round, fluffy, cloud-like pistachio and raspberry chocolate macarons for only $1.59 a pop.  And just think, these babies are about an inch and a half in height and fit perfectly in your palm.  An inch and a half of crispy goodness with a chewy, airy, and light meringue centre that melts in your mouth and fudgy chocolate filling *insert Homer-like “Hmmm…” here*

Now I know these aren’t the honest-to-goodness, 100% authentic Parisian macarons.  Authentic ones are not the size of hockey pucks!  But they are macarons in composition, taste, and texture and they’re great for those who want a macaron fix but need a more budget-friendly option.  Because of their size, it’s a little like eating a meringue sandwich with sweet filling.  Similar to an icecream sandwich but without all the messy melting and stickiness.  I love both flavours, but I was surprised to realize how much I enjoyed the pistachio one!  I’ve never been too keen on nuts but the bright green hue of the pistachio macaron totally sold me when I first saw it and it has this amazing sweet almond taste to it.  And the raspberry chocolate one?  Let’s just say the chocolate fudge filling is lip smackin’ good 😀

Now, like all sweet notions that I come across, I hesitate to get too attached to things sometimes.  It seems like everything is limited edition these days and it’s heartbreaking finding a wonderful sweet treat that you love only to have it taken away several months later *cough*Starbuckscupcakes* cough*.  But rest assured, these sweet morsels of meringue are here to stay, at least a little while longer.  They were sitting pretty in their case just this past month when I showed them off to my mum and brother during a recent browse through Metro at the Yonge-Eglinton Centre.  And as a true sweet tooth, I helped myself to a raspberry chocolate one.

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Metro supermarket is located in and around the GTA with 11 stores serving Toronto.  Click here for a full listing of locations and addresses.  As a side note, I first discovered these macarons at the Metro located in the College Park mall right at the intersection of College and Yonge St. (444 Yonge St.) and have seen them at numerous other locations.

Scrapbooking materials used: mint green cardstock (Recollections); raspberry and white lace patterned cardstock (DCWV, The Sweet Stack); string of adhesive pearls (Recollections); silver alphabet stickers (Sticko); patterned fabric brads (Amy Butler for K&Company); flower embellishments (K&Company); cardboard heart embellishment (Winners); paper doilies (Wilton).