I was favorably impressed by my first visit to Les Halles bakery in the France pavilion at Epcot. I’ve been back several times since then and continue to think this is one of the best counter service dining venues at Walt Disney World.
During a recent trip to Epcot, I took my husband for his initial taste of Les Halles. As his introduction to the bakery, I bought him a raspberry macaron.
During a trip to Paris and Disneyland Paris in 2010, we become obsessed with macarons. I’m not saying that lightly. We sampled macarons at Pierre Hermé, Angelina, Ladurée, and a dozen more locations throughout Paris. I’m a professional 😉
For those of you who have yet to be initiated into the cult, French macarons are meringue-like cookies made from ground almonds, sugar and flavoring. The ideal macaron shell is glassy crisp on the outside and deliciously light and chewy on the inside.
Generally two shells sandwich an intensely-flavored filling of cream, ganache, chocolate, jam, or fruit. Macarons are different from macaroons, which are heavy and often blended with coconut, though the two words are sometimes pronounced the same.
Back at Epcot, the macarons are of the large fruit-filled variety, quite close in appearance to the Angelina confection above.
Isn’t it gorgeous?!
Here’s the inside with the jam, cream, and fruit exposed.
But of course the key question is: “How did it taste?” Well, the flavors are spot-on.
The fresh raspberries are intensified by the concentrated taste of the raspberry jam. The sweet cream provided a balancing contrast to the tart fruit. The cookies themselves were not quite as crispy crisp on the outside as I might have wanted them to be, but the inner shell had the perfect bite to it.
Would I rate it a 10 compared to Ladurée? No. But it’s a pretty decent 8, and considering the fact that I get to Epcot a lot more than I get to Paris, I’m willing take what I can get :-).
It’s definitely something we’ll be buying again next time we’re at Les Halles. And prior to this week, my only real complaint was that they only have the one flavor available. I wanted MORE flavors! And wouldn’t you know, that complaint has been alleviated!
Les Halles JUST released a new box-o-macarons! Check out these beauties!
Now we’re talkin’!
Have you tried the Epcot macarons? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.