Archive for March 19th, 2010

Breaking news! Free Macarons in NYC!

March 19th, 2010 by Rosa

SERIOUS EATS!! I love your site, but why, why, WHY wait until the day before Free Macaron Day to post about Free Macaron Day? Why not post it earlier, say, yesterday when I was planning a spontaneous trip to see my boyfriend in New Haven, which just happens to be on the commuter rail line to NYC?

Had I known about Free Macaron Day, I would’ve definitely hopped the Mega Bus that goes from Rochester to NYC ($38 each way; cheaper than the tolls + gas money I’d spending driving, and there’s wifi on the bus!), met my boyfriend there, and gorged myself on free macarons. I have been obsessed with the delicious little buggers since my trip to France last summer.

I even baked up a macaron storm when I was home for the winter holidays because my mother just got a stand mixer and my boyfriend just got me a book devoted to the art of macaron making.

Instead, I shall be spending my weekend in Saratoga Springs, a city that was chosen solely because it’s ~halfway between Rochester and New Haven and thus allows us to split long-distance relationship travel duties. I think we’ll have a lovely time there, but we won’t have free macarons.

In conclusion, if you’re in/can get to NYC for Free Macaron Day, macaron your heart out for me! I’ll be visiting every bakery in Saratoga Springs to see if they make macarons.

Post trip update: I had the most amazing macaron at Mrs. London’s: passion fruit. It started out tasting like a regular macaron, only slightly sweeter, but then the passion fruit came through, and it was this transcendent overtone of bright fruitiness that was simply divine. Highly recommended and totally worth the $1.50. I tried a chocolate macaron as well, and it was quite capable, but it’s the passion fruit one that will haunt my tastebud dreams.

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Blog upgrade!

March 19th, 2010 by Rosa

Inspired by Cybele’s recent biting of the bullet and moving Candy Blog to, I finally upgraded my super outdated (+2 years old) WordPress blogging software – so outdated that I had to upgrade manually!

It was scary. First I did all my uploading and overwriting, but nothing changed. Then I tried uploading and overwriting elsewhere, and the website went down. Eek! But finally, success!

Sadly, the upgrade only changes what I see when I write and manage the blog, so y’all won’t get to see the improvements. But maybe the upgraded interface will make me a more efficient candy blogger! gives me more control over blog settings! I’m playing with the sidebars and using strikethrough text!

And the best part – this fancy-schmancy new WordPress comes with an upgrade button for any new versions, so any future changes should be much less stressful.

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Hedonist Spring Teas Collection

March 19th, 2010 by Rosa

Having fairly recently reviewed and enjoyed Charles Chocolates’s tea truffles, I was excited when I got the chance to try Hedonists’s take on the genre when they gave me a free box of their Spring Teas Truffle Collection.

Jasmine was beautifully painted with green swirls and green speckles. It tasted mostly of deep, dark chocolate with an aftertaste of dim sum tea that was lightly astringent, but not unpleasantly so. The jasmine flavor was more mild than Charles Chocolates’s interpretation, but it was still a great pairing.

Earl Grey was topped with a sprinkle of crisp, dry tea leaves. It had a dark and fruity undertone of “tea-ness.” Earl Grey is supposed to have citrus extract, but I thought it tasted more purple – if that makes any sense. Another lovely flavor pairing.

Lapsang Souchong was topped with a dry roasted almond. It tasted super whoa smoky, like liquid smoke smells. I wouldn’t seek it out over others in the collection, but I did enjoy tasting it.

I usually find chai chocolates to be overly flavored and/or sweetened, but Hedonist’s chai truffle was spot on. It had nice spice notes of mostly nutmeg. The chocolate flavor is the main player here, with a mild sweetness that’s nicely tempered by the nutmeg.

The green tea truffle had pretty green stripes with a cheery green ganache center to match. The green tea was a subtle flavor addition to a delightfully creamy filling.

I thought it had a mild grassy finish, but that could have been the green filling exerting undue influence on my taste bud interpretations. I found it deliciously intriguing, and it was my favorite of the bunch.

I love how thoughtful Hedonist’s truffles are. Instead of letting the flavor additions take over, they keep the chocolate in the starring role. The chai truffle in this collection was a great example of that. An OM as a whole, with a bonus G for the green tea truffle.

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