I remember the first time I had a macaron. It was about four years ago and as I bit into the flakey outside and the gooey inside I remember being overcome with decadence. The fragile and delicious treats seemed nearly impossible to make and their price point proved that to be nearly true.
After one summer of, I’ll call it macaron overload, they became an “every so often” indulgence and one that I still hold in esteem.
It’s no secret that this time of year, anything and everything icy, cold and chilled sounds delicious and refreshing around noontime. Considering my past with macarons and the fact that I fight (and lose) a craving for an 8:30 p.m. bowl of ice cream nearly every night, a Sunday afternoon ice cream macaron sandwich sounded like it was in order.
I have heard so much about these frozen treats at 43rd Express in West Phoenix that I knew I had to head there to try them.
Offered three options for the macaron flavor and about ten options of the ice cream flavor, I chose the taro macaron with cookies n’ cream ice cream and after waiting for them to be freshly made, an appreciated nice touch, I inspected and drooled over my loot.
While these treats were certainly cold, creamy and refreshing, they were unfortunately not for me. As with 90 percent of the foods that I don’t love, the texture was too much. The size of the macarons (about three inches in diameter) meant that the inside was extra gooey. That plus the creaminess of the nearly two inches of ice cream was a lot for me.
The flavors were strong and decadent, but yet again, just a bit too decadent. Both the taro and cookies n’ cream were rich and creamy and while they did complement each other, the richness was just not up my alley.
I have heard many wonderful reviews for 43rd Express and their macaron ice cream sandwiches and I am sure that there are people out there that would love them. Unfortunately, I am just too texturally challenged to be one of those people.
43rd Express, 2844 N. 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, 602.269.3383