Nothing says “I love you” quite like a tasty treat – and a box of gem-like confections from Mariela’s Sweets is as pretty as a bouquet of flowers, too. “I have been fascinated with macarons since I tried them for the first time during a trip to Paris in 2013,” shares Jessica Schumann, the owner and baker behind the boutique brand. She launched Mariela’s Sweets – named after her five-year-old daughter – out of Hope & Main in Warren in 2021 to hone the art of hand-crafting dainty and beautiful desserts.
Ever since, Schumann’s colorful macarons have appeared tucked in petite, see-through parcels at local markets and assembled in stunning nine-tier towers at weddings. “Every detail counts,” Schumann explains. “The packaging, the selection of flavors and colors – everything is created to enhance the experience of eating a delicious macaron.” All of the more than 30 flavors are gluten free, and she’s working on devising a handful of vegan flavors, too. Having outgrown the Warren incubator space, Schumann is in the process of moving the business into a commercial kitchen space at the Lorraine Mills in Pawtucket.
Naturally, Mariela’s Sweets is going all out for the season of love. “Valentine’s Day is one of our favorite holidays. We will offer special gift boxes that include heart-shaped macarons filled with different chocolate ganache varieties, and Belgian chocolate-covered strawberries,” says Schumann. “The Valentine’s macaron boxes will be the perfect gift to express your love.”
Find Mariela’s Sweets’ Valentine’s Day Gift Boxes at Providence Flea markets in Farm Fresh RI all month, as well as the Hope & Main Downtown Makers Marketplace, or order online for pick up or delivery.
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