Taste Test

Taste Test: Macarons

What better way to welcome the season than with pastels?


Punxsutawney Phil was right – spring arrived early this year. What better way to welcome the season than with pastels? Pretty as freshly painted Easter eggs, these macarons are the perfect way to decorate your plate. Bon appetit!

Morning Indulgence
We have nothing but wonderful things to say about G-Café. Lightly crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, these macarons were baked to please. Need a wakeup call? Nibble a creamy mocha-hazelnut cookie for a burst of caffeine. Feeling fruity? Citrusy Passion Fruit will leave you refreshed. But our favorite flavor – Carrot Cake with savory cream cheese filling – won’t disappoint. 100 Dorrance Street. 632-4904, ProvidenceG.com

Decadent Indeed

Macarons by Decadent Design are melt-in-your-mouth good. The Nutella cookie is pure trickery – you’ll swear you’re devouring a jar-full of chocolate hazelnut spread. On the other hand, the pistachio is subtly sweet, complemented nicely by bits of real nuts in a creamy center. Finally, for something tangy but not too tart, try the Lemon – it’s sure to put a spring in your step. 1285-C Park Avenue, Cranston. 499-5767, DecadentDesignsByJean.com

Bright Bites

Sweet Indulgence is true to its name. These macarons have a soft crunch and are very sweet. Cotton Candy is nostalgic of summer days spent at the carnival, looking pretty in pink and powder blue. We were happy to find that the Raspberry was oozing with tasty jam. And even though Valentine’s Day has passed, still be sure to grant the caramel lover in your life the gift of Sweet Indulgence’s Salted Caramel macaron. 2202 Broad Street, Cranston. 467-4850, MySweetIndulgence.com

Tout Sweet

Elegant and ever-so-good, Ellie’s Bakery’s macarons will have your taste buds doing cartwheels. If you’re feeling nutty, try the Pistachio or the Almond, both perfecting the balance between savory and sweet. The Banana Cream Pie is everything you want from the popular pastry in macaron form. And to top it all off, the cookie’s decorative gold leaf is a striking finishing touch to this delectable treat. 61 Washington Street. 228-8118, ElliesBakery.com