August 31, 2011

macaron taste test | the twisted baker | chicago

It’s been a while since I’ve tasted macarons from The Twisted Baker in Chicago. My first experience there, however, was a little hectic.

The teacher man and I visited the Windy City for a long weekend a while back and made sure to hit up the sweet spots on my list. Because we stayed in the Old Town area of the city, a visit to The Twisted Baker just made sense. It was right around the corner from his brother’s digs, and good smells from the bakery were filling the street.

When we got in, it was just one of those mornings. Busy crowd. Not enough help. Crazy cash register malfunctions.

Despite all of the ruckus, I was able to pick out a few treats to sample: cupcakes and macarons! For today’s post, we’ll focus on the macarons.

the twisted baker macarons

{I made sure to share my macarons with the teacher man.}

I chose simple French vanilla macarons to share with the teacher man when we got back to the apartment. At first glance, they seemed OK — smaller footing than I’m used to seeing and a little bit bubbly on top, but nothing too extreme to my naked eye.

Biting into the macaron, it seemed just a little too chewy for my tastes. The Twisted Baker’s macarons lacked that nice airy, crispy shell indicative of a great French cookie. The filling, however, was smooth and luscious — great vanilla flavor without being overpowering.

I’m hoping The Twisted Baker was just having one of those days. I’ve never baked macarons myself, but it seems like everything, including the sun, moon and stars, has to be in perfect alignment for these little guys to come out perfect. Maybe next time things like the rush, crowd and cash register will be aligned so that the bakers and owners don’t have to worry about anything more than producing the perfect macaron.

Have you been to The Twisted Baker? What did you get? Tell me about it in the comments section.

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  • Sara Campbell

    One word: YUM!
    Can I get a delivery please?
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  • Stacy A

    I had no idea macarons had so much “criteria” to be perfect! I need to broaden my interests… ;)

  • kristina@beancakes ❤

    no i’ve never been to the twisted baker kim, but i just love the name! and i also just love how you described your experience in this post of yours!! {i had a clear mental picture} mmm, i could really use a macaron or 5 right now!! ;)
    xoxo ~ kristina

  • kimberlyloc

    @Sara That would be nice, right? :)

  • kimberlyloc

    @Stacy You should definitely try some! I’m a little intimidated to make macarons myself…

  • kimberlyloc

    @Kristina Me too! I’ll have to get my fix this weekend :)

  • Tikkitiboo + Ahka

    I have never tried macaroons!! I know I haven’t lived but I’ve never thought they would be that good! I’ll have to add it on my bucket list!

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    • kimberlyloc

      What are you waiting for?! :) Try them, Tikkitboo + Ahka :)


    I adore them but they just seem too difficult for me to bake myself, plus I don’t have the patience!

    • kimberlyloc

      I feel ya, Becky! :) One day, when I have absolutely nothing to do and have a huge kitchen stocked with all the gadgets + ingredients I need, I will try to bake them :)

  • Stacy A

    Hey Kim! I’ve had a basic macaron, but not the fancy pretty little that come in fun flavors. I’m gonna try to stop by the one place in Baltimore I think might have them, and if not, I’ll have to find a location on my next NYC trip (which luckily is coming up soon). To be honest though, I don’t think I’d know if it was good or not. I’m going to remind myself, “Not too chewy, no small ‘footing,’ not too bubbly, should be airy and crisp with smooth filling.” I think with these tips, I’m all set.

    PS – Can’t wait for your cupcake review!

  • Caro

    Pretty! Unfortunately macarons just don’t get me excited. I’ll take a whoopie pie any day though. :D

  • kimberlyloc

    @caro whoopie pies ARE pretty delicious, but macarons are just so dainty and beautiful! and tasty :)

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