Pastel pretty in pink, lemon, lavender and mint, nothing whispers sweet French chic like a well arranged set of macarons.
Never mind that Italy claim them as their own, to the world at large they represent all the glamour and romance that Paris can offer.
But, as emblems of sweet French treats, their days are numbered. There’s a new claim to the throne, albeit one with a slightly trickier name.
Quernons d’Ardoise hail from the Anjou region in the Loire. They take their colour from the slate that decorates the castle and their insides from something altogether tastier.
In essence, they’re caramelized praline, coated with violet chocolate with chopped almonds and hazelnuts inside.
And they’re absolutely gorgeous.
Not since I found creamy, nutty horchata in the sticky summer of 2009 have I been so delighted by a “hidden” European sweet treat.
PS – OR, you could show weakness and have a Quernon d’Ardoise flavoured macaron. Cheating? Or the best of both worlds? I’ll let you decide…
Disclosure – I travelled to the Loire with Atout France and Voyages SNCF as part of the new Captivate project. As ever, as always, all sticky sweet opinions are my own. Otherwise there’s just no point.