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Winners of the Macaron Challenge!

First, if you haven’t been following the blog for the last two months we hosted a Macaron Challenge. We selected a dozen popular food bloggers to take Tariq’s top secret macaron recipe and put their own creative spin on it. We had some truly awe-inspiring creations. We then asked our readers to vote on their favorites. The top three ballots would then be handed over to Tariq for him to crown his favorite.

While we were busy enjoying the entries from our chosen bloggers it turned out we had a much wider interest to enter the contest. We created the Even More Macaron Challenge that would allow anyone to enter their own fun twist on Tariq’s recipe. From this pool the team here at Sucré choose their favorite. The winner of each contest would get a year supply of macarons with our Quarter Club!

Well, the winners have been decided. Drum roll please…

The winner of our First Annual Macaron Challenge is They Draw and Cook with their Rosemary Lemon Macarons! As a special treat Tariq decided to put a further spin on the recipe and create his own version of Rosemary Lemon Macarons. They were beyond delicious!

Lemon Rosemary Macarons

For the Even More Macaron Contest we had so many amazing submissions. In the end we decided that our favorite was Culinary Couture’s Tiramisu Macarons!

Tiramisu Macarons

Thank you everybody for participating and we can’t wait to share some of our new Macaron flavors with you soon!

Happy Mother’s Day!

At Sucré, we love finding more and more reasons to celebrate, and we love creating unique treats to commemorate such special occasions. This year, we’ve decided to give a very special occasion the recognition it deserves. This is the one day of the year dedicated to the most special people in our lives; our mothers. Our moms have given us that unconditional love, they have supported our dreams, and we will be the first to admit that we would be nowhere without them!
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For these extra special ladies, we have several extra special treats! First, the macarons…

We’ve added a little something to the classic Mother’s Day macaron. The White Chocolate Lavender Macaron now has blueberry in it! Just like Mom liked to include little surprises in your lunch box, we’ve stuffed the perfect little treat in there too.

Since mothers are so special to us, we thought they deserved another macaron dedicated to them! The White Chocolate Rose Macaron captures elegance and class perfectly coupled with familiarity and comfort – exactly how we view our mothers.
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We didn’t stop there. To thank our mothers for everything they’ve done for us, we’ve also created an all-new chocolate collection. Something extra sweet for the sweetest ladies we know!
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Raspberry tangerine
Raspberry pate de fruit atop a tangerine dark chocolate ganache enrobed in dark chocolate

Lychee rose
Lychee pate de fruit atop a rose milk chocolate ganache enrobed in dark chocolate

Cassis citron
Cassis pate de fruit atop a lemon milk chocolate ganache enrobed in dark chocolate
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These Mother’s Day treats are available in a Mother’s Day collection or individually. Customize your mother’s treat by selecting your favorite items, or ship to wherever she is with Sucré’s many shipping options. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to leave her with a sweet taste in her mouth.
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Even More Macaron Challenge

Here at Sucré we have been having too much fun watching what fantastic creations our bloggers are making in the First Annual Macaron Challenge. As of writing this the latest two entrants were S’mores and Root Beer Float, can you believe it?

We’ve also been pouring through the comments on each of the macaron creations and have realized there are a ton of people out there who have never experienced the joy of baking their own macarons. We would like to change that.

The Even More Macaron Challenge

Beginning today we are holding a secondary challenge open to all bakers out there!

The rules are the same, take Tariq’s top secret recipe for macarons and put your own spin on it. If you want to document your creative journey on your blog, great, send us a link to patty@shopsucre.com. Don’t have a blog? No problem. Tweet out a photo and description of your entry to @SucreNewOrleans or post it to our Facebook Wall.

We will be choosing our favorite at the end of May and they will receive a Quarterly Macaron Membership (for 1 year).

The Main Challenge

But don’t forget that our main challenge is still going strong. In fact, we’ve decided to extend the voting period to the end of May as well.

Keep checking back to the Sweet Talk blog to see new entrants from 13 of our favorite bloggers!

New Additions to Sucré’s Menu: Strawberry Fest and Easter

Strawberry Fest: The All-New Strawberry Macaron

At Sucré, we are dedicated to constant improvement and understand that the road to perfection is a never-ending one. We aim to deliver the most delicious treats to our loyal customers, and with Strawberry Fest in mind, what better time to give our classic favorite Strawberry Macaron a sprucing up?

First off, what is Strawberry Fest? From March through May, Ponchatoula strawberries, (the tastiest of strawberries, in our humble opinion) come into season. Part of Sucré’s mission is to serve decadent desserts centered around fresh local ingredients. The plump, juicy, sweet Ponchatoula Strawberry is a Louisiana delicacy – it’s the state fruit! – and Ponchatoula has earned the title of “Strawberry Capital of the World.” To celebrate this local staple, Sucré offers a variety of strawberry-themed entremets, from a fairly traditional Strawberry Mascarpone Éclair to an exciting and refreshing Strawberry Lychee Berry Verrine. There’s a strawberry treat for everyone!

This year, the Strawberry Macaron got a makeover, and she’s tastier than ever. Oprah called Sucré’s Strawberry Macaron “almost too pretty to eat” in O Magazine, and she couldn’t have said it better! We’ve made a few changes to what we call our “Southern Belle” of macarons.

Prior to this year’s Stawberry Fest, Sucré’s Strawberry macarons were filled with a buttercream mousseline mixed with homemade Ponchatoula strawberry preserves. Chef Tariq Hanna, always the perfectionist, has diligently worked to introduce a sweet cocktail of fillings that perfectly compliment and enhance the Ponchatoula strawberry’s deliciousness, and of course, he added a little glitter to the mix! The new and improved sparkly pink shells are filled with a swirl of white chocolate, strawberry ganache, and a center of fresh strawberry jam. Sounds delicious? Trust us, it is!strawberry collection

As we bid farewell to the beloved “old” Strawberry Macaron, we embrace new traditions and always look toward celebrating classic favorites in exciting and different ways. Our chefs are always on the lookout for interesting new recipes to push the boundaries, so stay tuned for more innovative sweet treats from Sucré!Strawberry_Entrement

Easter: The All-New Easter Macaron Collection

At Sucré, we like to change things up and offer seasonal collections available at different times of the year. Our chefs create macarons specifically for many of holidays we celebrate, and these range from Christmas to Mother’s Day. What better way to celebrate than with a limited edition macaron? They make great gifts that are best enjoyed with friends and family. This Easter, we’ve come up with two new Easter Macarons to add to our Easter Macaron Collection!
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To accompany the crowd-pleasing Carrot Cake Macaron (gluten free carrot cake blended into a cream cheese buttercream), our chefs have come up with a Coconut Pineapple Macaron as well as a Meyer Lemon Macaron. We think you’ll like these new additions!

The Coconut Pineapple Macaron comes in an appropriately brilliant shade of blue. It is a creamy coconut ganache filled with pineapple marmalade. These 2 flavors are paired perfectly together for a macaron that is guaranteed to be one of your favorites.

The Meyer Lemon Macaron is a tart lemon ganache surrounding a center of Meyer lemon curd. It’s quite the treat for lemon lovers! It comes in an inviting yellow hue and tops off this pastel-covered collection perfectly.

Lemon curd, pineapple marmalade, and cream cheese buttercream make for a complete family of fillings available in our Easter Collection. All of these Macarons have a strong personality that shine on their own. Together, they are simply irresistible. Their vibrant colors make for a gorgeous collection perfect for Easter! These are only available until Easter, so get your hands on them while you can!
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First Annual Macaron Challenge

We have some very exciting news today on Sweet Talk. Today kicks off the First Annual Macaron Challenge!

What is the Macaron Challenge?

I’m glad you asked! We recruited 13 of our favorite bloggers, and boy do we have a great mix! We have everything from a blogger who makes works of art from her recipes to a vegetarian blogger who hopes to find a way to make a completely vegetarian macaron!

How does it work?

We’ve given out a home version of our top secret macaron recipe to each of the 13 bloggers. The recipe is our very basic macaron recipe, no strawberries or fun fillings or anything like that. It is up to each blogger to put their unique spin on Sucré’s world famous macarons. They will document their progress and write an article along with their macaron entry sometime during the month of April. As each person completes their recipe we will add it to this page so that you can check out their handy work.

The Entrants

Taste and Tell and Strawberry Colada Macarons

Deborah from Taste and Tell gives some stellar insight into one of the more debated aspects of macaron making, resting. Find out more about her experience and how she came up with her unique flavor at Taste and Tell.

They Draw and Cook and Rosemary Lemon Macarons

Salli from They Draw and Cook let her readers point her in the direction of a savory creation. She also draws all her recipes so you can have a print out of a beautiful macaron recipe, check it out at They Draw and Cook.

Eats Well With Others and Snickerdoodle Macarons

After trying a handful of recipes Joanne landed on the Snickerdoodle for her macaron inspiration. You’ll feel like you’re right there next to her in the kitchen as she recounts her tale at Eats Well With Others.

Dessert First and Fluffy Marshmallow Creme Macarons

Taking a page from our own Easter macaron playbook Anita serves up some tasty treats. You’ll definitely have to “peep” this out at Dessert First.

Celebrating Everyday Life and Pink Lemonade Macarons

Jennifer takes her first crack at macaron making and if you are thinking about making your own macarons for the first time, you’ll definitely want to read the tips over at Celebrating Everyday Life.

Budget Bytes and Smores Macarons

Beth brings out the campfire and an immersive photo journey in her quest to make smore macarons, read all about it at Budget Bytes.

Coconut & Lime and Root Beer Float Macarons

Rachel imagined the macaron center as a similar idea to the froth on a root beer float and provides further instructions on how she made her macarons over at Coconut & Lime.

We Are Not Martha and Rose Lemonade Macarons

Susie includes in her recipe rose petals ground in her mortar and pestle. Have I caught your attention, find out more at We Are Not Martha.

The Naptime Chef and Key Lime & Orange Blossom Macarons

Kelsey found a way to make the most refreshing sounding recipe we’ve seen yet, find out more at The Naptime Chef.

A Veggie Venture and Sweet Potato, Ginger, and Orange Macarons

Alanna is our vegetable inclined blogger who not only came up with a veggie friendly recipe but nailed them on her first try, find out more at A Veggie Venture.

A Little Saffron and Chocolate Lover’s Macarons

Ileana took a journey through chocolate and macaron town. Find out what she felt was the easiest and hardest parts about making macarons at A Little Saffron.

The Voting

You, the Sucré reader, get to choose which three blogs will be finalists by voting on your favorite macaron below. Granted, you won’t be able to taste their creations so we are asking you to judge each macaron on their creativity and presentation. At the end of April the three blogs with the most votes will be revealed to Tariq, our Executive Pastry Chef, and he will select his favorite. This blogger gets their very own Sucré Macaron Subscription so they can enjoy macarons all year long! Check this page regularly throughout the month of April for updates on the Macaron Challenge!

Vote For Your Favorite

Which blog made your favorite macaron?

Official Sucré Macaron Challengers!

Our Macarons are Gluten Free!

At Sucré, we pride ourselves on the quality of each and every one of our products. We make it a point to use the absolute freshest ingredients available, which is exactly what makes our treats so delicious! When you love and eat desserts as much as we do, it’s important to make sure you’re using the best ingredients. This is especially true when it comes to macarons. Our signature macarons are made from meringue-like cookies with luscious mousseline sandwiched in the middle, and come in spectacular colors. In fact, all but one of our macarons are gluten free.deen1

With macarons, the texture, the flavors, the filling, the freshness and the quality of the ingredients – all these elements play a vital role in the deliciousness of a macaron. All it takes is one small misstep to ruin the finished product. When a chef cuts corners, you can taste the shortcomings in every bite. At our confectionary, Chef Tariq Hanna’s skilled teams make these mouthwatering treats by hand – not by machine – to ensure the same exceptional quality in every batch. This is how we consistently achieve the perfect balance of crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Our festive Sucré macaron trays are custom made to ensure that our macarons stay perfectly intact! With this much tender loving care involved, it’s finally possible to indulge your sweet tooth without the guilt!

Here’s a list of all our gluten free macarons:

Signature Macarons – These are available all year round!

 

–       Strawberry Macaron

–       Almond Macaron

–       Hazelnut Macaron

–       Pistachio Macaron

–       Salted Caramel Macaron

–       Chocolate Macaron

–       Bananas Foster Macaron

–       Pecan Macaron

–       Chicory Macaron

–       Chocolate Covered Macaron

Seasonal Macarons – Available as they come into season. Keep a look out for these!

–       Mardi Gras Macaron – Filled with King Cake inspired buttercream

–       Valentines Macaron –Filled with white chocolate ganache and raspberry jam

–       Easter Macaron – Carrot Cake Macaron filled cream cheese buttercream blended with carrot cake

–       Mother’s Day Macaron – White Chocolate Lavender Macaron filled with white chocolate lavender ganache

–       Summer Macarons – Blackberry Lemon Macaron filled with lemon ganache and blackberry jam, Peaches & Cream Macaron filled with peach ganache and peach jam

–       Fall Macarons– Peanut Butter & Jam Macaron filled with peanut butter ganache and strawberry jam

–       Holiday Macarons – Double Dark Chocolate Macaron filled with chocolate mousseline finished with a dark chocolate drizzle, Peppermint Macaron filled with peppermint buttercreammacz

 

 

Love, Sucre

This Valentine’s Day, there is no sweeter gift than the gift of Sucré. With gift options from romantic macarons to luscious chocolates paired perfectly with some bubbly and packaged beautifully in Sucré’s signature sweet boxes, this is the sweetest way to say I love you!Vday Sucre

Our Sweetheart Macaron Collection (available only during Valentine’s season!) is handmade with love from flavors inspired by the most romantic city in the world, Paris, which is also the homeland of macarons. These gorgeous red and white macarons are filled with the perfect pairing of white chocolate and raspberry mousseline that make for the sweetest treat! Yum!

Sucré’s For the Love of Chocolate collection (also only available during Valentine’s season) combines our richest collection of chocolate hearts. Sweet Red Raspberry, Paris Tea, and Malted Mail chocolates will steal anyone’s heart.Vday Chocs

These valentine’s delicacies, along with any of Sucré’s classic treats, are available in romantic boxes and can be purchased with your choice of champagne or wine. This romantic dessert and wine pairing will complete any sweetheart’s day.

If you wanted to indulge in the very sweetest of treats, step inside a Sucré store and experience the magic! Nothing beats sharing a sweet dessert, presented on our gorgeous trays, cozied up in our sweet boutique. Sucré stores are BYOB (Bring Your Own Booze). We even have glasses so you can toast your way into the sweetest day of the year! Sucré’s treats are undeniably sweet inside and out and can turn even the most sour of hearts. Leave it to us, and you can guarantee your Valentine’s Day will be ever so sweet!Vday Gift set

PS: Feeling sweet? If your sweetheart is miles away, nothing is sweeter than a beautiful Sucré Valentine’s package at your doorstep! We send Valentine’s love all over the country.