Disclaimer: I was invited to a tasting by Monplaisir Macarons. All food was complimentary but opinions are my own.
Monplaisir Macarons is based in Calgary but the owner Jean-Marc Mons and his wife are hoping to expand into the Vancouver market so they set up a tasting event at the Best Western Plus Chateau. The macarons are made with 100% natural ingredients and are certified gluten-free. They do not use any animal gelatin, preservatives, additives or trans fat. Jean-Marc’s goal was to make the macarons as authentic as possible.
Flavours available are: Tiramisu, Nutella, Lemon, Passion, Pistachio, Honey Lavender, Caramel, French Vanilla, Creme Brulee, Raspberry, Red Velvet, White Chocolate and Cookies and Cream.
The first macaron I sampled was the Tiramisu. The macaron had nice feet and I also liked how large they were. You can get a few bites out of these! I would say they were about the same size as the ones from Thierry.
I was impressed with the chewy texture of the macaron and the flavour was on point! The shell held up really well. This was one of my favourites along with the Lemon (not pictured). I felt like these were definitely on par with the macarons we already have in Vancouver so Monplaisir Macarons will fit right in.
The Pistachio is their top seller! They said that the colour is not that green as they didn’t want to add any extra food colouring to it.
Flavour-wise it didn’t taste artificial at all.
Cookies and Cream.
Lastly I tried the Nutella from the box I took home (I shared the rest with my family). It wasn’t too sweet and had the right nutty flavour.
Monplaisir Macarons is currently looking for grocery stores and restaurants to sell their product so you may see them in the near future. They plan to retail them for $2.50-2.75 per piece.