I was told at Pierre Hermé that the vanilla macarons season would end sometime in may. It always comes back, but I never know when. And it is my favorite dessert, favorite macaron, favorite everything in the world. So I took this month seriously. I went every two or three days and bought a few macarons individuels à la vanille. The big ones. I cut them in half usually, ate some for dessert every day. I decided that this was my dessert or snack of choice until the time was up. Buuut I'm not sure when or if the vanilla macarons are still being sold (it's june, I'm thinking... no) because after about 15 of them, I slowly moved on without really realizing it.
A while back, I tried some different brands' vanilla macarons to see if they were anything as good as Pierre Hermé...
Hugo & Victor
I had never heard of this place. Sometimes though, I get really into certain ideas, and obsess over them, so when I came up with the vanilla macaron blog series, I researched aaaall the places I could get pastries. It was my first time at Hugo & Victor, and I can only talk about their vanilla macaron. I can say thaaat... I liked it. It had a good taste and texture, but didn't win over Pierre Hermé (which was expected. I'm only on the search for a part-time replacement to get me through the hard times!)
Maybe you remember when I talked about Dalloyau last time in my Dégustation de Patisseries series... Like all Dalloyau macarons, this one was a bit chewy. What I liked most about Dalloyau was the champagne macaron because it was tasty and different. Vanilla wasn't that special. Clearly not a winner and although not bad, it was nothing compared to Pierre Hermé, and also not the winner amongst these three.
La Grande Épicerie
I can't recall if I've ever talked about this one. Once with Kady, we got the big macaron individuel from La Grande Épicerie. It was incredible, and I was over the moon because I thought it was good enough to get me through the "no Pierre Hermé vanilla macaron" season. I still wanted to try it again for this though, and I bought the mini one. It's funny, because the small macaron isn't nearly as good as the big one!! It wasn't even better than Hugo & Victor. However, so far the closest to Pierre Hermé is this one but only in the big size.