Macarons: The Final Chapter . . .

There, there, don’t cry!  It’s not really goodbye after all – of course I will continue to seek out macarons wherever I go!  Perhaps I will find some on my upcoming travels to Auckland & San Francisco – heck, macarons can even be found in Buffalo these days!  And of course I’ll be baking up a storm once I get home, so get ready! 😀

In the meantime, here’s a final look at the macarons I’ve enjoyed from Adriano Zumbo.  Many of these I actually had quite some time ago, I guess I just never got around to writing up this last post (sniff, sniff!).

Blackcurrant; Rice Pudding

Blackcurrant

This one was a bit too tart for my taste on the first bite, but I guess my palate adjusted because I wrote in my notes that the flavor grew on me.

Rice Pudding

The first thing to hit is the nutmeg, then the texture of the rice (very nice!).  The flavor reminded me a bit of Christmas cookies – maybe Mexican wedding cakes?  I guess it had that taste of icing sugar, but not too overpowering – sweet in a good way.

*For some reason I saved both of these macarons for the next day & unfortunately there was a noticeable loss of crispness to the shells.  This was especially true with the rice pudding.  Perhaps it was because I neglected to put them in an airtight container overnight.  Live & learn!

Licorice - Crispy-crunchy shell, gooey melt-in-your mouth cream filling - it's what I love best about these heavenly treats!

Licorice

After taking my first bite, I had to scrunch up my nose a bit at this one . . . it tasted exactly as it should have, but I guess I had forgotten I’m not really a fan of black licorice to begin with – hahaha! 😉  It did grow on me (a *bit*) with the second bite.

"Chocoron" - The orange shell with yellow filling was not exactly what I was expecting to find inside!

“Chocoron”

All I knew about this macaron when I bought it was that it was coated in chocolate.  I decided to be adventurous & try to solve the mystery, setting aside the fact that Zumbo macarons are a bit like Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans (As Dumbledore says to Harry Potter . . . “I should be safe with a nice toffee one . . . Alas!  Earwax!”)

Hoping to find a relatively “safe” flavor inside (please no earwax!), I discovered what I believe was mandarin.  While I like oranges, mandarins in particular have always seemed slightly bitter in flavor to me & this was no exception.  The combination with the dark chocolate didn’t help in my opinion.  Oh well, so much for adventure!

Pear & Vanilla; Dark Chocolate

Pear & Vanilla

Tastes mostly of pear initially, then the vanilla (vanilla bean?) comes through & lingers on the palate.

Dark Chocolate

This one caught my attention because it said “Limited Time Only!”  I was also curious about the orange shell, but it turned out that there were no surprises here – which is sometimes a good thing! 😉  Nice dark chocolate flavor.

Caramelised Pumpkin Seed; Coconut, Green chili & Lavender

Caramelized Pumpkin Seed

I was so excited when I saw this macaron! . . . But unfortunately, it ended up being a bit of a disappointment, probably because I was expecting more pumpkin flavor, not really thinking about the fact that this was a pumpkin *seed* macaron.  It had heaps of silky cream filling, but the main flavor I picked up on was simply vanilla.  The pumpkin seeds gave this macaron a nice crunch, but without them & without knowing the name of this macaron, I wouldn’t have been able to guess what it was.

Coconut, Green Chili & Lavender

I specifically bought this macaron because of the strange combination of flavors. 😉  I could smell the green chili right away!  The filling, which I tried first, had a mild taste but a lingering “heat” to it.  I couldn’t really taste the lavender or coconut, I just sensed the heat of the chili on the back of my throat.  Perhaps the coconut was there more as a way to mellow out the chili.  Surprisingly, not a bad macaron!

So, there you have it!  And I can only imagine what zany new flavors Zumbo is conjuring up as we speak . . . Oh, what the heck – I suppose it couldn’t hurt to pop in one last time before I have to say farewell to Sydney & my Aussie adventure . . .

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marie
    Dec 31, 2011 @ 02:13:37

    Those look wonderful Niki. Have a safe trip back.
    Love,
    Marie

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  2. Auntie Marilyn
    Dec 31, 2011 @ 02:21:40

    So what’s the secret to all this eating of macarons and still staying slim? You will have to teach me when you get home 🙂 Have fun on the last leg of your adventure – see you soon – love you!!!

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  3. Heather
    Dec 31, 2011 @ 05:17:17

    The pumpkin seed looked great to me too but then I read your review — alas!

    I’ve enjoyed reading about your Zumbo adventures, as it keeps me in the loop of his new creations. Whatever will I do now?! His website mentions new flavors but I don’t think all of them are always highlighted.

    Looking forward to making them together! I still haven’t gathered the courage and ingredients to do so!

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  4. Aunt Barb
    Dec 31, 2011 @ 05:50:48

    Happy New Year Sweetie!! A new year-maybe a new adventure. Can’t wait to see you and hear about all your adventures!

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  5. Camille
    Dec 31, 2011 @ 07:14:56

    Enjoy every last minute of this adventure as you make your way back to the States. We cannot wait to see you!

    Your blog has been so wonderful to follow. Thank you so much for sharing all your travels with us who miss you so very much at home.

    Since you will be the first to expereince New Year’s in Sydney – HAPPY NEW YEAR. I hope it holds all that makes you happy.

    Stay safe for us, and enjoy the rest of the journey home….LOVE MOM & DAD xoxo

    P.S. You will need to make heaps of macrons – I’ve promised them to everyone!

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  6. nicoleinoz
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 16:40:09

    Sorry for the delay in my response to comments, everyone! I am now in Auckland, New Zealand & haven’t been online as often. I’ll have to write some posts about my east coast Australia trip, New Year’s in Sydney & my very brief visit to NZ, but it will take me some time to catch up with everything. More pictures will be added to flickr as soon as I am able! 🙂

    @ Auntie Marilyn – Hmmm, I may not be quite as slim as you think I am, but thanks! 😉 All the walking helps to keep me from gaining *too* much weight. 😉

    @ Heather – Can’t wait to see you & make macarons together! We’ll have to pick a fun flavor to try. 🙂

    @ Mom & Dad – Thanks for being so supportive & following every minute of my adventure. 🙂

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  7. Rose
    Jan 11, 2012 @ 08:45:29

    Hi Nicole,
    May you have safe travels back to the states! Maybe you can find time to stop by the old office?

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    • nicoleinoz
      Jan 13, 2012 @ 12:45:22

      Thanks, Rose! Yes, I would love to stop by! Right now I’m in San Francisco visiting family & friends so I won’t actually be back in Buffalo until later this month. Maybe I can plan a visit for sometime after drop/add when it’s (hopefully) not too busy for you. 🙂 I’ll be in touch!

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      • Rose
        Jan 21, 2012 @ 01:42:28

        Great to hear from you. Drop/Add is Mon. & Tues. 1/23 & 1/24. If you let me know when you may stop by maybe we can do lunch. It has to be a Tues or Wed as I have class M-W-F, if that works for you.

  8. Kae Lani | A Travel Broad
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 12:23:29

    I’ve never seen these before, and then all of a sudden, within the past few months, I see them everywhere. At the moment, I’m living in Philadelphia, and I almost bought one the other day, but they were $2 a piece! Maybe next time. The flavors are so unique!

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    • nicoleinoz
      Feb 27, 2012 @ 12:50:05

      They do seem to be popping up in more places around the U.S. now (which I am grateful for!) I know $2 seems like a lot for just a bite or two, but they’re so worth it! 🙂

      Reply

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