Thursday, September 27, 2012
Trader Joe's Pumpkin Macarons
Despite our affinity for most things pumpkinny, Sonia and I bought these with a degree of skepticism and wariness. Even though pumpkin has a lot of potential, it's really easy to screw it up. Pumpkin ice cream, beer, cookies, cheesecake, pie, pancakes, muffins, or souffle...any of it can go either way, depending upon the brand, the freshness, and the seasonal availability of quality ingredients.
I've never claimed to avoid melodrama. In fact, I find it an important alternative to old-fashioned restraint on certain occasions. This is one of them. These pastries are soft, gluten-free, they melt in your mouth, they're creamy, and they have the perfect balance of sweetness and pumpkin spices. I'm madly in love with them. I have nothing negative to say about them. This dessert has once again reaffirmed that age-old assertion that vegetables can make flippin' amazing sweet treats, in spite of their healthful vegetability.
Sonia gives them five out of five stars. I give them five as well. Boom. There it is. Sonia and my first perfect score in a year and a half.
Bottom line: 10 out of 10.
Incredible...I've never seen the 2 of you give such high score! I have NOT tried these yet, but definitely will. ♥ReplyDelete
Sounds delicious- I will be buying these tomorrow!ReplyDelete
I have gone to two Trader Joe's in my area and neither has these! I hope they have them soon!ReplyDelete
Yeah, Martha, we tend to be tough graders! Sarah and B, hope you find them and hope you like them as much as we did!ReplyDelete
I read your review before going to TD's today and when we got there we couldn't bring ourselves to spend 5 bucks, but after re-reading it they're more tempting than ever...ReplyDelete
I just got some yesterday - and they are worth every penny. One of the best desserts EVER, not just from TJ's. Without your review, I never would have bought them. Thanks.ReplyDelete
They are good, but VERY sugary--one only and for breakfast with coffeeReplyDelete
I agree with danamdkny...they're decent, just REALLY sweet. The sweetness overpowers the pumpkin flavor for me, and I LOVE all things pumpkin!ReplyDelete
Hope we helped with your purchase decisions...thanks for your comment, Christiane! Yes, they are sweet...but we hope you like them anyway. Wish I had your willpower, danamdkny!ReplyDelete
It is Christmas time - have you tried the salted caramels? Again though, I think it was like 5.99 for 12 pieces of candy in a box but worth every pennyReplyDelete
We'll have to check them out, Peggy!Delete
They're baaaaaack! The TJ's in my town didn't open until December of last year, so this is my first encounter with the pumpkin macarons. They are sinfully delicious.ReplyDelete
Aren't they, KK?Delete
I'm happy to say that during my time at The French Patisserie in Pacifica, CA I was the one who developed this dessert and am thrilled that you enjoy them! Go to www.thefrenchpatisserie.com for many more fabulous desserts!ReplyDelete
You DEVELOPED this dessert?? Then you have done a great service to humanity, Mr. Driggs! Thanks for reading our blog!Delete
What's the ingredients in these? Just curious....ReplyDelete