Coming Soon! Bella Gelateria Gelato filled Macaron Sandwiches – The Gelato Macaronwich!
Salt + Pepper. Ketchup + Mustard. Peanut Butter + Jelly. Macarons + Gelato. Milk + Cookies. Wait. Wait! What!? Go back! Did she just say MACARONS + GELATO?! YES!! You heard it here first! Bella Gelateria is soon to be introducing MACARONS + GELATO in a sandwich! A Gelato Macaronwich! That’s what I’m calling it! (But they don’t know that yet *chuckle*… well I guess they do now!) It’s pretty much a heavenly combination in theory and actuality. I’m not sure when the official launch for the Gelato Macaronwich is, but if you request it by commenting on this post, I’ll bother them until it’s available!
Some of you may already know that I think Bella Gelateria is the best gelato in Metro Vancouver, BC. It’s no secret that I launched my Follow Me Foodie Christmas gelato flavours there, but at the same time I would never say I liked something if I didn’t really like it. Owner and gelato Maestro James was kind enough to give me an exclusive tasting of his gelato filled macaron sandwiches… which I’ve just named Gelato “Macaronwiches” via this post Let me tell you, I was a happy girl! *FMF happy dance*
Macarons are getting more and more popular. I even posted a recipe for them here. These authentic French macarons seem to be the hot item for 2011, but I actually highlighted them in my 2009 Top 10 list of my favourites foods. Regardless, I’m glad their popularity is finally growing in Vancouver… after 2 years.
The Bella Gelateria Gelato “Macaronwich”
The macarons being used for these gelato sandwiches are brought in from Kitchening with Carly, a recently graduated pastry chef . Owner James requested a small batch and has been experimenting with them by filling the macarons with his own handcrafted gelato. Brilliant! The macarons were professional, all natural and actually very good – see more of her macarons here. The raspberry macaron was sweet and tangy with obvious real raspberry notes and a nice crisp shell with the almond flavour still coming through. I tried a fresh one as well as one that had been sitting in the display freezer for comparisons sake. The prices are still being determined.
Eventually these Gelato Macaronwiches will be premade and kept in the freezer because the gelato is naturally too creamy and oozes out the edges if it doesn’t have time to freeze. However when it freezes the macarons get a bit harder as well and they become much chewier and denser. Rather than the light airy texture, the macaron is more like a chewy cookie and the gelato is firmer, taking on characteristics of “ice cream”. (I’m sorry James, don’t kill me for using that word). The verdict: I liked them just as much as regular macarons. It’s not necessarily better, but it’s different and more or less what you would imagine… although put Bella Gelateria gelato on anything and it will taste good.
James at Bella Gelateria invented the concept and I’m inventing the name! The Gelato “Macaronwich” is a 2011 Follow Me Foodie hot item. My only request would be to make the macarons larger, the size of a regular sized cookie, similar to the ones from Bouchon Bakery – see here. The only other part is nailing the ratio of macaron to gelato so that you can taste the flavours of each, since they will likely be different. The ones I tried had the perfect ratio.
Follow Me Foodie Gelato “Macaronwich” Requests:
1. Matcha Macaron with Black Sesame gelato filling
2. Chocolate Macaron with Pistachio gelato filling
3. Coconut Macaron with Mango gelato filling
4. Salted Caramel Macaron with Chocolate gelato filling
5. Raspberry Macaron with Sorrento Lemon gelato filling
Request it by commenting on this post and I’ll bother them until it’s available!