I’ve sampled Kitchening with Carly Wintchels macarons awhile back, but had put the pictures away in a vault much like some of her macarons. I ordered my sample online and had them hand delivered. It was during a special promotion for free deliveries, otherwise it is $10 for orders less than $100. This is rather steep if you are hoping to indulge on alone or with a few friends.
Kitchening with Carly Wintchels macarons don’t come cheap either 12 piece box @ $24; 6 piece box @ $13.50. Of course, compared to a few months back, Carly now sells her goodies at Gourmet Warehouse, Le Marche St. George, and the upcoming booth at Eat! Vancouver (May 24-26, 2013). You may even see her in Holt Renfrew at her pop-up shop.
Carly uses only natural ingredients for her macarons, no artificial flavors or colors. I couldn’t help but notice the flavours were very sweetened and perhaps a little less suited for my tastebuds. The Pistachio ones I could not find morsels or little grinds of the nut grind up. I’m sure a lot of flavoring comes from extracts and concentrates and not from the refined or reduced portions actual ingredients.
- Pistachio Macaron with Pistachio Butter Cream
- Chocolate Macaron with Dark Chocolate Ganache
- Orange with cranberry and ice wine jam
- Espresso with dark chocolate ganache
- Raspberry with lemon curd
- Other flavors available – check her website to get a current list.
I probably wouldn’t order online again unless there is free delivery, $10 is simply not worth it. And if I really wanted macarons, chances of me hunting down her little bonbons would also be slim. I understand she has a large fan base in Vancouver, but I would probably head over to Bel Café, Thierry, Bouchon Bakery or even Soirette Macarons & Tea. My recent treat at Le Panier Very French Bakery, would even urge me to make a trip over the boarder quicker.
Order and Kitchening with Carly Wintchels Macaron info: kitchening.ca