The Macarons. The traditional French pastry that tastes sweet as divine. You don’t have to fly to France to get these cute little angels because the M craze has been slowly spreading in our sunny island.

Together with Miss Jazzy the Macarons Connoisseur, Miss Glitzy will be reviewing macarons in Singapore and make the attempt to sift out the good, the bad and the ugly. Assessment criteria include colour, taste, aftertaste, packaging etc.

For the first part of the series, Miss Glitzy and Miss Jazzy will look at TWG and Canelé Pâtisserie. In an attempt to compare apples to apples, the M Connoisseurs try to keep to 2 same/similar flavours from each brand.

TWG – $2.00 per piece

This company does not scrimp on packaging. For just 3 macarons, the pack was stylish enough as a little gift! Apparently, the macarons from TWG are tea-infused. There are 6 flavours available at  TWG’s tea salon at Republic Plaza.

Rose: There was a very light fragrance of rose tea and the taste was light and not too overpowering. Out of the three from TWG, both Miss Glitzy and Miss Jazzy like this flavour most.

Chocolate (Earl Grey Fortune with chocolate gauche): The chocolate ganache was chunky so it looks really mouth-watering. However, the positivity has to stop there. The chocolate tasted a bizarre mix of sour, sweet and a hint of bitterness  – not  sure whether it was caused by the Earl Grey infused in the macarons but nay!

Napoleon Tea: Since TWG is a tea company, Napoleon Tea felt like a unique must-try flavour there. Miss Glitzy kinda expected it to be sweet with refreshing taste of black tea. However, the end product tastes sweet like caramel toffee, masking the true essence of the tea. Recommended for those with a sweet tooth.

Final verdict (out of 5 points):

Miss Glitzy: (1 extra point for packaging!)

Miss Jazzy:

TWG macarons are available at Republic Plaza (#01-22) and Takashimaya B2.

Canelé Pâtisserie – $2.30 per piece

Canele’s desserts look really exquisite on display and they have an array of 12 macaron flavours available! Based on appearance, Canele’s macarons look more polished and presentable than TWG’s. However, the packaging was down to its bare minimum for small quantities.

Rose: The aroma was much stronger that it smelled remotely like rose syrup or bandung. The white ganache is thicker than TWG’s and the macaron shell was nice and crisp. Miss Jazzy likes this and felt that she could continue with another while Miss Glitzy prefers TWG’s because its Rose macaron tasted lighter.

Dark Chocolate (70% Guanaja): The macaron is made from very good chocolate which was absolutely divine. There was a good balance of macaron shell and ganache and tasted like rich chocolate cookie. Both the M Connoisseurs were happy ladies and were yearning for more!

Hazelnut (Praline Noisette): This is Canele’s signature creation which consists of praline cream with roasted hazelnuts. Love the hazelnut bits to bits (pun intended)! The hazelnut taste was strong but pleasant and it helps that the macaron shell is hazelnut flavoured.

Final verdict (out of 5 points):

Miss Glitzy:

Miss Jazzy:

Canelé Pâtisserie is located at Shaw Centre (#01-01A), Paragon (#B1-25) and Raffles City Shopping Centre (#B1-81/82).

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