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Holiday macaron flavors at Essence (Tempe)

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I was excited to see some new holiday macaron flavors at Essence Bakery in downtown Tempe today. (Apparently they've had them out for a few weeks, but I hadn't been in.) I know there are a couple of other French macaron lovers on this board, so I thought I'd pass the info along.

I tried a pumpkin one, which was quite good, through not as mind-blowing as the caramel one I'm addicted to. They also had mint-chocolate, raspberry, and the usual chocolate and caramel flavors. I couldn't try more than one without slipping into a sugar/butter coma, but plan to go back soon so "Santa" can put one in my stocking.

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Essence Bakery Cafe
825 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

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  1. I have never even heard of this place. I am so there. I love macarons! We usually make the trek over to Au Petite Four to get them. This is so much closer to us. Thanks for the post!

    1. The espresso is my new favorite (replacing caramel). Not a fan of the raspberry flavor, as the jelly doesn't do it for me.

      This bakery has the best macaron I've had in the western US hands down.

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      1. re: oryza

        I FINALLY got around to trying the macarons at Essence today. I have to admit, it's my first macaron experience so I have nothing with which to compare it (am now hitting myself for not getting around to trying some in France), but OH MY these are delicate, delicious rounds of heaven! I tried the caramel (meltingly soft, at first is just sweet but then the buttery caramel-y notes roll out across the tongue -- wow!) and the chocolate (a little denser/chewier but still delicate -- a little like a very tender brownie) and definitely look forward to trying other flavors in the future. I'm glad this place isn't closer to home or I'd be tempted far too often. Will have to try them at other places around town (Scratch, Au Petite Four -- which unfortunately IS close to home) too. Mmmmm!

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        Essence Bakery Cafe
        825 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281