Europe Food Travel

Sweets from Paris

In a transparent effort to gain further brownie points, my husband brought back some favorite sweets along with my Kelly when he returned from Paris. Below are three names that always bring joy: Pierre Herme, Laduree and Feodora.

Aren’t the boxes lovely? I love pretty packaging and containers and always keep them if I think I might have some ill defined use for them later – but now I probably have literally over twenty Laduree boxes in our apartment rattling around. Any suggestions for uses?

The goodies, unmasked. Pierre Herme is hands down my favorite macaron shop and I much prefer it to Laduree, which I know is blasphemy to some. Both are of course delicious but Herme just has more innovative flavors in my opinion. My favorites include Isaphan (rose, lychee and raspberry) Mogador (chocolate and passion fruit) and Mosaic (pistachio, cinnamon and cherries). Mogador is year round but the others are seasonal. That’s the only problem with Pierre Herme – they have a bunch of seasonal flavors which sometimes never come back. I spent an entire summer bothering the lone concession in Selfridges about a green tea matcha flavor I had a few years ago until they finally decided to dial up the Paris HQ, just to rid themselves of me. It wasn’t coming back that year 🙁

Finally, Feodora (the truffles to the right) is actually a German brand which can be found throughout Europe, and they make the most amazing egg liquor truffles for Easter – I am obsessed! It’s kind of like cookie dough batter that’s alcoholic on the inside, really dreamy. If you ever see these I’d encourage you to try them. I also have a soft spot for Feodora as one of their most popular and year round products are these chocolate cat tongues, which I find slightly eccentric.


What are some of your favorite sweets to indulge in? And those who’ve had both – how do you weigh in on the Pierre Herme vs. Laduree debate?

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  • Elena
    March 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm



  • Sabrina T.
    March 25, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    such a sweet post:)

    new on
    Patchwork à Porter

  • Elli
    March 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    OMG that´s so cool 😀 I am follower for a really long time and I live in Germany. When I saw the pictures I couldn´t belive that our German sweets made their way onto your blog 😀

    xo elli –

  • Tabitha
    March 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    One question: Does your husband have a brother?

  • Call me M
    March 25, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Oh yum yum! Everything looks delicious!

  • SS
    March 25, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I love Isaphano much. Isaphano cake is really cute and good too. I never tried Laudree, but dreaming to try some day!

  • modniza
    March 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    love Paris! beautiful pics!xooooooooo

    March 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Oh wow, your husband is such a sweet heart! Those look delicious! Plus the packaging is amazing as well ♥

    valour & lace

  • design traveller
    March 25, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Really nice packaging, I like the vintage feel 🙂
    …and the content… delicious!

  • Lindsay
    March 25, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I use my Laduree boxes for display on my perfume plate, to hold business cards, and for makeup brushes. So funny how I was just considering doing a post on it!

  • L.T.
    March 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Oh my, these look amazing!

  • Katherine
    March 25, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    LOL – he does not but believe me these "sweet" gestures are meant to make up for all kinds of not so sweet ones!

  • Katherine
    March 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Hello to Germany Elli! I love Feodora (and German food and sweets in general!)

  • Lisa
    March 25, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    yummms i will have to look out for the feodoro chocolate truffles next time i'm out shopping!!

  • Lilli
    March 25, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Macarons^^ Yum yum!:) xoxo

  • J
    March 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Long time reader/lurker but just had to make a comment today – I totally agree that Pierre Herme is far superior to Laduree. Laduree really hasn't changed much in the past 10 years, when I tried macarons for the first time in Paris, while Pierre Herme has been continuously updating with innovative flavors (love Isaphan!) and textures. By the way, have you tried Gerard Mulot?

  • newpetite
    March 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    You can use those boxes to store you jewelry. Using the cupcake paper/moulds you can even make compartments 🙂

  • girlymd
    March 25, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    i adore macaroons, you make me sooooo jealous right now!

  • littlemissandrea
    March 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Wish I could weigh in on the Laduree vs. Pierre Herme debate, but I haven't had the chance to try either. I can dream, haha. One of these days I vow to try both! Your husband was so sweet to bring the treats home for you!

  • so anthro
    March 25, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    So pretty and sweet!! I missed Pierre Herme in Paris and instead just stuck to Laduree :/ But I do still love them, and get almost excited about the souvenir boxes as I do the macarons!

  • swisscecilia
    March 25, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Oh gosh, isn't he the sweetest DH? Love love love PH! I wish they open one in NYC!

  • irene
    March 25, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I think Laduree is overrated. I much prefer Pierre Herme over it, but Laduree has much prettier boxes… I use mine to hold jewelry. I like luxemburgerli more than macarons, but I think they're only available in Switzerland.

    Props to the husband for safely transporting back so many goodies!

  • FleurLapin
    March 25, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Ooo I love a good macaroon

  • Twigart
    March 25, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I love pretty packaging. I like to use them for giving Christmas and birthday gifts 🙂

  • Katherine
    March 26, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Glad to hear from another in the PH camp! 🙂

  • Katherine
    March 26, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Oh they are both delicious so you didn't miss out and yes the boxes are darling 🙂

  • Katherine
    March 26, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Hi J, thanks for commenting and I totally agree with what you said – Laduree did have some experimental flavors I liked a while back (Diva I think was a fave) but sadly I don't see them bringing them back or continuing to innovate much. And yes, Gerard Mulot makes delicious macarons as well! Our hotel actually gave us a small box from GM when we checked out 🙂 Do you like GM the most?

  • Anna
    March 26, 2012 at 3:19 am

    I'm such a fool for sweets and pretty packaging….estimated time to gobble everything up for me would be….20 minutes…

  • Squared
    March 26, 2012 at 3:31 am

    oh myyy these look delicious!!!

  • Sarah
    March 26, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Such beautiful packaging, it all looks delicious! Your husband is a sweetie. My husband and I will be visiting Paris for the first time in August, and I can't wait to try Laduree. So excited! 🙂

  • Y
    March 26, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Macarons are my favorite sweets! I, too, prefer Pierre Herme's macarons to Laduree's, though Laduree is a perfectly acceptable substitute when one is stuck in the States. 🙂

  • kristin
    March 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Oh, everything looks delicious! Although I can't weigh in on the debate just yet, I hope to be able to after my trip to Paris next month. I plan on doing a lot of taste testing:)

  • caise
    March 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    so yummy!

  • Revanche
    March 27, 2012 at 2:31 am

    I am a "nice" box hoarder too! I do draw the line for more utilitarian boxes but I would have such a hard time getting rid of these gorgeous things. I might suggest using them as gift boxes for birthdays and showers (bridal or baby), though it might be really disappointing to tnose in the know to discover not-macaroni when they open the boxes! 🙂

  • Fashion Blawger
    March 27, 2012 at 7:16 am

    I'm moving to Strasbourg next year (used to be Germany so right in the border) so I'll be fattening myself up with these goodies. MmMmm Laduree has my heart.

  • lucydphoto
    March 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Tried both PH and Laduree macarons and just like my clothing style, I still prefer classic flavors, so it's Laduree for me! You're making me look forward to my upcoming trip!

  • lucydphoto
    March 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Tried both PH and Laduree macarons and just like my clothing style, I still prefer classic flavors, so it's Laduree for me! You're making me look forward to my upcoming trip!

  • Samantha
    March 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    First, I can barely concentrate as I must check out your "Kelly" post! But second, YUMMY!! I love Laduree macaroons, and now very curious about the cat tongues! Such a fun box! I would venture to say that DH has an excess of brownie points at this moment!! 🙂

    xo, sam

  • Jess
    April 4, 2012 at 12:51 am

    I love love love love Pierre Herme! Laduree is pretty good but PH just kicks his macarons up a wee notch with the unexpected. My fav. is the salted butter caramel macaron. <3

  • Karen
    May 5, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Those look amazing! I love macarons but in moderation because they are so sweet. I’ve tried Laduree but not the other 2. Thanks for the tips!

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  • Joan
    April 22, 2015 at 12:19 pm


    I will be heading to London and Paris on a trip and remembered this post. Can you suggest some places where I will be able to find Feodora truffles? Also please let me know if there are any other snacks/treats you recommend I really want to find unique food items to bring back for friends and family!

    Love your blog! Hope you reply! 🙂