Fans of sweet treats can find a little taste of France at Le Macaron French Pastries in Scottsdale.
Nestled on the north side of the Scottsdale Quarter, this authentic French café is part of a national franchise that has 27 other locations throughout the United States but is the only franchise store in Arizona.
Axel and Sandrine Chagnot of France are the owners of this vibrant dessert depot.
Amid the delectable desserts the Chagnots offer is the “macron”— a small, elegant French cookie made from almond powder, egg whites and sugar, with all-natural and gluten-free ingredients.
“We know the macaron is not very well known here and we wanted to explain and help the States discover this high-quality product because, even in France, it is not just a cookie,” Sandrine said. “It is a treat we keep for special occasions.”
Sandrine, who has been in America with her husband since June 1, said there are 18 different flavors of macarons sold in their café. Their flavors range from vanilla, the original macaron flavor, to many more colorful and exotic flavors such as: basil white chocolate, lavender, lemon cream, passion fruit dark chocolate, coconut and Madagascar black vanilla.
The couple prides itself on selling fresh products. They have a large, special juicer that makes delicious, freshly squeezed orange juice and they offer a wide variety of hot teas, specialty coffee drinks, croissants, gelato and artisan chocolates.
Imported from Toulouse, France, the gelato at Le Macaron comes in ten different flavors. As for the chocolates, the Chagnots order the bite-sized treats from a chocolatier located in Florida to guarantee a top-of-the-line taste.
The café offers a sweet program on Monday mornings called “Breakfast Babies,” inviting mothers and their babies to stop by between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to eat and socialize. Moms even get a free small coffee with the purchase of any butter or chocolate croissant.
Le Macaron French Pastries also caters weddings, baby showers, bridal showers and birthday parties.
Le Macaron French Pastries, Scottsdale Quarter, 15323 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 145, Scottsdale 85254, (480) 948-1099.
– Kaddie Stephens/Edited for Phoenix.Org