Ladurée in London’s Covent Garden

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Macaroon or macaron? It’s not a case of tom-ah-to versus to-mae-toe – a macaron and a macaroon are completely different delicacies. The macaroon is a coconut-loaded confection that looks rather like a little snowball. A macaron is a crisp, thin shell with a distinct almond flavour, with a soft, chewy middle.

The best macarons in London? Many people say they’re found at Ladurée.

I stumbled on Ladurée’s Covent Garden branch and selected my eight macarons from the counter. After much indecision, I chose Salted Caramel, Pistachio, Lemon, Vanilla, Coffee, Pure Ghana Chocolate, Red Fruits, and Orange Blossom.

Quartered and shared with my in-laws over a cup of coffee later in the day, the general consensus was that the Vanilla macaron and the Red Fruits macaron were the favourites, with the Coffee macaron also a strong contender.

I’m quite excited to hear from my friend Rachel over…

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