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I have been told more than once (by Corry and Felicia) that I need to try the macarons from Cacao in St Kilda. Unfortunately, the fact that I live Northside has meant that I haven’t managed to cross town on a macaron hunt. While Cacao has a shop at the GPO in the city (and actually, now that I check their site, also in Little Collins st), for a long time, the GPO shop didn’t stock macarons at all. The other day I was very pleased to spy a brand new, purpose built case, filled with macarons:

Cacao has a wide selection of flavours (much more fun than the standard chocolate and rose). From left, we have liquorice, strawberries and cream, hazelnut praline, jam and cream lamington, salty caramel, short mac, tangy lemon, pistachio, raspberry cream, coconut, dark chocolate and passion fruit.

I selected a ‘salty’ caramel and a strawberries and cream ($2.20 each). The tangy lemon was also a strong contender. The girl behind the counter told me I had chosen her two favourite flavours – a good omen.

I tried the salted caramel one first because I cannot get enough of that flavour combination. Unfortunately, the macaron was a bit dry and chewy and there was a gigantic air pocket as well. On the positive side, the caramel was rich and salty, studded with crisp little shards of fleur de sel. Yum.

The strawberries and cream macaron had perfect texture – slight crispness and then a soft inner. The shells were filled with a somewhat jelly-like strawberry sauce, with a surprise of vanilla buttercream in the centre. This was really, really good.

So all in all, the salted caramel was a bit ‘meh’ texture-wise, but the flavour was great. The strawberries and cream was great all round, with excellent texture, good flavour and a little surprise to boot! I am keen to try these again.

UPDATE: I have since tried these several times, and my experience has veered from ‘good’ to awful (I tried a macaron that was as hard as a hockey puck). Lack of consistency is often an issue with macarons and unfortunately it appears Cacao has the same issues. If you give them a try, let me know what you think – did you get a good macaron or a bad one?


Cacao Fine Chocolates and Patisserie
Ground floor, Melbourne GPO
Corner Bourke and Elizabeth street, Melbourne
Ph: (03) 9662 4777

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7 Responses to “Cacao’s macarons: very promising”

  1. Esz says:

    Yay macarons! And good ones in the CBD too – I think I might just pop past soon 😀

  2. claire says:

    Verrrrrrry interesting. I shall inspect for myself posthaste! The more I look at it, the more I like the idea of a macaron made of two shells of different colours. Unorthodox but cute.

  3. Hannah says:

    Oh, please please try the licorice on my behalf! I’ve always hated licorice, and yet I tried a licorice macaron in Paris and it was divine. (I’m still psyching myself up to try the real stuff for the first time in over ten years.)

    I wonder when Canberra will cotton on more strongly to the macaron trend…

  4. Ashley says:

    Ah, I’ve eyed these a couple of times when I pass through GPO, tempted to try but unsure of reputation. Will certainly know for next time now though! 🙂

  5. Corry says:

    Great to know Cacao (GPO in the city) have a brand new, purpose built case, filled with macarons. It looks superb. Love your blog and photography.

  6. Corry Garam says:

    Hi Emily,
    Just to let you know that I have just had the best macarons in Melbourne today. They have to be tasted to be believed. Selvana – the Mauritia-French chef at the Tea Room – National Gallery Victoria – makes the most divine macarons in Melbourne.
    Honestly, it’s like being in Paris. Selvana is French trained and is such a delightful person to talk to which is such a bonus. We were so wrapped that we actually applauded her when she walked out of the kitchen.


  7. Allan says:

    the ones in doncaster have been fairly consistent (fortunate for me hehe)… just the occasional hiccup =).

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