Blue and White: Zurich’s Flag, Trams… and Macarons!
What’s an anniversary without a little celebration, right? Especially when it’s a first anniversary, one year living in a new city, one for which you have fallen head over heels! That calls for a little something sweet! July 1st marked one year for us here in Zürich, and I found the most perfect confection to celebrate that with.
A blue and white macaron ! But not just any blue and white macaron, coincidentally flaunting the colors of Zürich’s regional flag. (Not to mention blue being my favorite color.) It’s actually the “Macaron de Zürich” ! Vollenweider Chocolatier Confiseur is the mastermind behind this vanilla and blueberry treat. Vollenweider created the macaron in April of this year for the city’s much talked about event, Sechseläuten, when a gigantic paper snowman is burned down, marking the end of winter (a celebration based on a 14th century custom). I unfortunately missed the event this year, but luckily the macaron is a permanent fixture. It’s a bit smaller than typical Parisian macarons, more delicate and almost weightless in your hand. It tastes just as light and airy – a vanilla mousse-like cream filling with a little surprise in the middle. A little burst of blueberry pâte de fruit (fruit jelly) that is fantastic, and an example of why Vollenweider’s confections are a notch above the rest.
It’s also a perfect addition to their already colorful and varied repertoire of macarons. I love their fold-out catalog of the different flavors (above left), including a few classics like chocolate, pistachio, raspberry and caramel/fleur de sel, but with more focus on seasonal flavors and more unusual ingredients as well. There’s licorice, Bailey’s, and even wasabi. The vanilla is no ordinary vanilla, as it uses beans of 2 origins – Madagascar and Tahiti, double the flavor! A few reminiscent of Pierre Hermé‘s lineup too – fig/foie gras, olive oil from France’s Château d’Estoublon and mandarin/pink pepper. And then there’s the “Macaron de Winterthur,” we musn’t forget. Vanilla and strawberry, I’m guessing with a surprise pâte de fruit in the middle. Vollenweider’s original shop is from this neighboring Swiss city, so they are more than deserving of a namesake macaron too!
Up next here on the blog… more on Vollenweider’s shops in Zürich and Winterthur, and the blog’s eponymous pastry, done Vollenweider style!