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!
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.
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!
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
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.

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!
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!

Macarons For The Masses?

Sucre MacaroonsHas the macaron gone to the masses? And is it okay if it has?

We here at Sucré are self-aware in our obsession with the delicate French cookie. We have the countless battle scars used to perfect our recipe and become one of the best macarons in the country.  Yet, we were quite surprised this week to see the debate hit the Wall St. Journal blogs where an article went up discussing how McDonald’s in France is now serving an every-man and scaled-down version of the cookie in its McCafés (backed by ads showing two hands holding the tiny treat like a hamburger)! The manufacturers are world-renowned and legendary French cookie makers and distributors Ladurée and Pierre Hermé. If the macaron was once the “Tiffany’s” of cookies, what does it mean to have it available to all? (And heads up to Yum Sugar quoted in the article. Thanks for naming us a “February to try” item!)

A history of the macaron:

The name of the cookie comes from an Italian word meaning paste, maccarone. While origins are uncertain, some culinary historians claim that macarons can be traced to an Italian monastery. The monks came to France in 1533, joined by the pastry chefs of Catherine de Medici, wife of King Henri II. Later, two Benedictine nuns, Sister Marguerite and Sister Marie-Elisabeth, came to Nancy seeking asylum during the French Revolution. The two women paid for their housing by baking and selling macaron cookies, and thus became known as the “Macaron Sisters.”

Here at Sucré we say “the more the merrier”. Hey, if McDonald’s wants to serve macarons go for it! Macaroon (English spelling) or macaron (French spelling) we feel it’s about introducing new flavors and treats to our customers and you decide. We get that “for centuries” things were done one way, but that’s not today. Here in New Orleans and in our soon-to-be-opened stores in other cities, we want to appreciate the past while embracing the new. We work hard every day to bring you the best quality ingredients in packages you can afford to take a bite out of and say, “I’m worth it.”

We figure the macaron is a good place to start.

Scoop Adventures

We had the pleasure to host a gelato tour for Lindsay Clendaniel and her husband, Keith, at our Sucré Confection Studio last weekend. Lindsay has a passion for ice cream and blogs about her sweet adventures on her web site www.scoopadventures.com. Click on the her link to read more about her visit to Sucré.sucre-prod-img_62372