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  1. Anna Johnston

    Hannah, you kill me lady. I’m off to find a hot chocolate without a salted caramel macaron that I would seriously do battle for. 🙂 still smilin’ over the ‘I am chocolate, hear me Roar’.
    Have an awesome day

    1. Hannah

      Aw, you don’t know how much that means to me! I wish my whole life could be devoted to writing silly/entertaining macaron debates 😉 You and I clearly need to meet up and eat an entire bowl of salted caramel buttercream on its own…

  2. Maria@TheGourmetChallenge

    oh my gosh!! How talented is Helen!! And how incredibly lucky are you to get such awesome treats. Totally jealous right now!

    1. Hannah

      She’s not only talented but generous 🙂 But you needn’t be too envious of lil ole me… just think of the incredible creations you’ve made recently in your kitchen!

  3. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    oh Hannah – you are one very lucky girl!!!

    1. Hannah

      I know it! 🙂

  4. Iron Chef Shellie

    Oh how gorgeous is Helen!!
    You are a very lucky girl! I want more macarons!! =D

    1. Hannah

      She really is! And you’re pretty lucky yourself, Ms. Free Almond Croissants and Savoury Brioches 😉

  5. theresa

    Aw, but look how pretty pink that rosewater macaron is!

    PS- I thought gold was poisonous. Is this only in large quantities?

    1. Hannah

      OMG! Helen’s trying to kill me! 😀

  6. Vaala ◪

    I’ve never tried a macaron in my life. I never realised what I was missing…I’d love to hear them via for my affection they way they have for you! But the growths on the salted caramel macaron are slightly scary!!

    1. Hannah

      I promise that if we bake macarons when I come visit New Zealand (or you come here), I’ll stage an entire in-person macaron drama for you 😀

  7. Kath Lockett

    She MADE them….! What a talent!

    Salted caramel macarons are undoubtedly THE BEST ones on this earth but ….



    …… I do like the rose ones too.

    1. Hannah

      But see, that’s okay! Just because the salted caramel ones are BEST doesn’t mean the others aren’t tasty too 🙂 I’m still a bit tentative around rosewater, though. Too many artificial-tasting turkish delight products in my childhood…

  8. Helen (grabyourfork)

    oh really i can’t claim credit for all the macarons. We worked in teams and baked a batch in a certain colour which we then decorated at whim. At the end of the class everyone pooled their macarons together and we took a little of everyone’s for colour and variety.

    I admit I may have gone a little crazy with the gold feuilletine. lol. There’s something so decadent about eating gold, especially as these have a slightly crunchy texture.

    Theresa – edible gold leaf is quite common. I think it’s only poisonous if you consumed huge quantities – although unlikely given its price!

    1. Hannah

      Shhh… no one would ever have known that if you hadn’t said! In fact, I bet I could’ve written that you made them blindfolded with one hand behind your back whilst singing the second verse of the National Anthem* and everyone would’ve simply been awestruck 😉

      As to you other points… phew. I’m glad you aren’t trying to kill me after all.

      * Beneath our radiant Southern Cross / We’ll toil with heart and hands…

    2. theresa

      There’s an episode of House where a woman is trying to poison her husband with gold dust — obviously TV isn’t the best place from which to get information. Good to know I can eat a bit of gold if ever given the chance!

      1. Hannah

        I think TV is the absolutely best place to get our information from! How else would I know that if I get pricked by a needle on the beach, it was most likely left there by my boyfriend who is trying to teach me the value of life? (Thank you, Home and Away. Or, rather, thank you issue of TV Week that I read in the grocery check-out line…)

  9. Lauren

    Hahah. Your commentary does not match the tortured wails I imagine as they are slowly consumed …

    1. Hannah

      Nope, there weren’t any tortured wails at all. In fact, I’m positive I heard the Chocolate Ganache one mutter “eat me, eat me goooood” when I bit him in half 😉

  10. Fiona




    1. Hannah

      There there, Fiona. Just think – you may not have these macarons on hand, but you’ve got me! Whee!

  11. whisperinggums

    Hysterical Hannah – thanks so much Helen, not only cos I got a taste (a whole macaron in fact) but because we got to read this story too. Win win!

    1. Hannah

      I must admit, that was pretty kind of me 😀 But it’s the least I can do for someone who’s taking me to the doctor tomorrow, bringing me my pillow and Run Lola Run, and also an entire round of fancy blue cheese. (Yes, we discussed the blue cheese. Don’t you remember? It was the part of my text written in invisible ink.)

  12. Jess

    I have never had a macaron!

    They look yummy

    1. Hannah

      Well, we’ve got to get you some soon, then don’t we? Because they don’t only look yummy, they are yummy 🙂

  13. Sarah @Gluten-free tries Vegan

    Wow!!! They look amazing!!!!

    1. Hannah

      They really were. And they taste even better when made by a friend, in my humble opinion 🙂

  14. cleaneatingchelsey

    Oh my goodness these look delicious!!!

    1. Hannah

      They tasted it too!!

  15. Simply Life

    I love all those colors!

    1. Hannah

      Definitely a treat for the eyes 🙂

  16. leslie

    macarons are literally my favorite baked good. i am totally jealous that you got so many homemade!

    1. Hannah

      Don’t worry, current-me is jealous of past-me too. I want more! 😛

  17. Paris Patisseries

    I have had more conversations with macarons than you can believe. Rose always has those self-esteem problems, and I think salted caramel often comes off as a bit cocky . . . cocky but delicious 😉

    1. Hannah

      Paris Patisseries: Ah, so salted caramel is like the Russell Crowe of the pastry world? An arrogant so-and-so, but rather talented, at least when it comes to playing a gladiator in Ancient Rome? (I’m sadly lacking in current celebrity know-how… I have no idea which current actors are good but vain!)

      P.S. I’m not surprised you’ve had similar conversations. You’re the Patisserie Whisperer of the modern world 🙂

      P.P.S. And I’m super honoured you stopped by!

  18. croquecamille

    I may have to overcome my macaron ennui and make some at home, just to prove I can. And if they don’t come out? Well, that will be my dirty little secret.

    p.s. I think rosewater has the prettiest Barbie-pink color, which is another point in its favor. Counterpoint? Probably the result of lots of icky food coloring.

    1. Hannah

      I love the word ennui. It just popped up in one of my favouriterest tv shows (seachange), and so you’ve earned an even bigger spot in my heart. Hurrah! I’d love to see you do macarons, if only because I know you’d come up with something amazing, flavour-wise 🙂

  19. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    AAH! I had JUST got done thinking “Wow, that first pic really kinda looks like hambuger…” when I scroll down a little further and see that you thought so yourself! :] I would LOVE to try that salted caramel one, mmm.

    1. Hannah

      Isn’t that a given? That we have the same thoughts when looking at, well, anything? 😀 I wish I could send some of these to you in our bloggie swap, but alas! Customs would never let it through…

  20. Jess


    (Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve attempted making macarons approximately 46,000 times and I have failed hideously EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE TIMES. It is my everlasting shame as a baker. I also blame my oven, which has been proven to cook things in the front right-hand corner approximately twice as fast as things in the back left-hand corner. Still… THE SHAME, THE SHAAAAAME.)

    So… these macarons that were bestowed upon you are… PERFECT… and… DELICIOUS LOOKING… *strangled noises*

    1. Hannah

      Don’t worry, that will be out little secret 😉 But honestly, darlin’, you should never feel less-than-exemplary in yoru baking skills. You are the [insert colour here] Velvet Queen, plus you created PRETZEL ICING. Like the salted caramel macaron, you win forever.

      1. Jess

        Oh and speaking of macarons looking like little burgers…

        French McDonald’s ad for their macarons:

        Which some people got a bit upset over:

  21. Johanna GGG

    wow helen made you talking macarons – she is so clever!

    1. Hannah

      *laughs* Yep, not everyone is talented enough to create sentient dessert treats!

  22. Hannah

    Jess: Because we all know that foods taste better when they’re elitist…

  23. Baking Serendipity

    That salted caramel macaroon has my mouth watering!

  24. penny aka jeroxie

    Salted Caramel Macaron = YES!~