Revealed today Poptasi’s new creation The Maduche!

Finally, 14th December, the launch of a new kind of pastry!  The introduction of Poptasi’s new creation was going to take place at Poptasi’s pop-up shop in the MINI Brand Store on the Leidseplein in Amsterdam at 12.00 hrs sharp!

Of course I made sure I was going  to be on time! There it was, the red carpet and the Poptasi car outside the MINI store. Inside, in the pop-up store mini macarons covered (as traditional for a Dutch birth celebration) in pink and blue aniseed sprinkles were awaiting us.

poptasi launches new pastry at Mini Brand Store poptasi mini brand store








And there they were, Patrick and his team and (drum roll…) , still hidden underneath a silk black cover sheet,  what was about to be revealed!

Patrick van Drie and the Poptasi Team

Patrick van Drie and the Poptasi Team

At 12.00 hrs, Patrick pulled down the sheet and introduced….. the Maduche! Bottom half macaron, middle a ganache or cream and on top, shaped as the top half of the macaorn, a chocolate bonbon or truffle.

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For the occasion of the introduction Patrick prepared two flavours, one white chocolate filled with Irish coffee,  the other a chocolate/cream truffle. You can imagine the endless flavour combinations!

It is the successor of the macaron? No, definitely not, it is something completely different! More flavours, more textures in one bite, and therefore a little more ‘complicated’ and definitately richer. Which means you simply won’t be able to eat that many one after the other (at least, I don’t think I can!) like you could be tempted to do with macarons.

Macuche flvours

The two introductory Maduche flavours!

A new Dangerously Delicious Delight is born! I wonder if someone will follow, Pierre Hermé perhaps? Fauchon? LaDurée? One thing is fore sure, if a macaron is already tricky and laboursome  to make, the Maduche is probably even more so!

The Maduche is born! Cheers!

Needless to say I did not leave empty handed; 24 Madushes (12 of each), a Poptasi t-shirt  and a bag of very fine broyage! All for sale by the way in Poptasi’s shop in Amsterdam .

For another report (in Dutch) about this special occasion, read

Chocolate covered Pretzels

No, they’re not Eclairs! No, they’re definately not macarons. They are Pretzels!! Found them on the same web-shop where I ordered my Macaron scarf, Brika.

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 Their Gourmet department has various flavour packages, white chocolate covered, milk and dark chocolate covered ones, or just sprinkles. Don’t they look great?  I love Pretzels, just never tried them with chocolate. See if I can find them in The Netherlands!

Brika Pretzels

Brika Pretzels






When searching a bit further, chocolate covered pretzels seems to be a real American home made snack. Lots of recipes and youtube videos on how to make them can be found. The next thing to try! And that’s how we keep busy!!

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Found them…. how to make chocolates made to look like macarons!!

Found them! Chocolate bonbons macarons mould !  by Design & Realisation.

Worldwide delivery! What do you think? Should I order?? Never made bonbons before!


Chocolate pretending to be a macaron!

Macaron look-a-like chocolates?

Just browsing through my Facebook updates I received an update from ‘Macarons et Gourmandises‘ about Arnaud Larher’s Chocolats Privés. I still have to figure out exactly what it is about, but what struck me was the picture in the top right hand corner; look carefully, do you see what I see?!

These surely are not real macarons? Although when I visit Arnaud Larher’s website, I do find macarons in his ‘gamme‘, however the ones in the picture on Facebook look like they are chocolates made to look like macarons! I have posted a question what they are and where to get them, so let’s see if I get a response!



Have to have!

in Pedro Ximenez soaked white raisins!

You won’t believe what Pierre H. has concucted as a Noel specialty….. Pedro Ximenex and ‘blonde’ raisins soaked in PX macarons. Oh yes!!

A perfect combination as PX itself is a wonderful dessert wine or sherry with flavours of figs, dates and raisins!


Les Incontournables de Noel

They are hidden between other treasures, amongst fig, rose hip, chocolate, foie gras and candied chestnust flavoured macarons  in Pierres special selection Christmas box called:

LES INCONTOURNABLES MACARONS DE NOËL.  Available from his web shop!

Patisserie Tout celebrates 5th anniversary by introducing its 1,000,000th macaron!

Today everybody is invited to join the party at Patisserie Tout (Job van Berkel) in Amsterdam. It is their 5th anniversary and what better way to treat  your guests than with a macaron? A new creation  in the range called ‘Champagne & Valrhona Dulcey Chocolate’

Tout 5th Anniversary

This exclusive macaron is, or so we are being told, the first of its kind, made of Dulcey chocolate, in The Netherlands. Not bitter, not milk, not white chocolate but another kind of blend which they call ‘Blonde’…! Unfortunately this macaron is so exclusive that no single photograph of it could be found, so there is no other solution to admire it than to go there! Today! 14.00 hrs! Amsterdam!

More information on the event and the characteristics of Dulcey chocolate by Chefs Magazine

Pierre Marcolini

Macarons Pierre Marcolini

Pierre Marcolini is not really so well known for his macarons but for his amazing chocolate. Notwithstanding Pierre M offers 5 different flavours of macarons which, according to Pierre are different to the rest due to their extreme lightness.

Worth a try? A good enough reason for a a short break to Brussels I’d say!