Macaron Product Review + Giveaway! This post is a product review of a macaron kit from Uncommon Goods that you could win as well so you can make perfect macarons at home too! All opinions are my own.
I’m so excited! My very first giveaway on my blog! But before we get to that let’s talk about macarons, shall we? Ok, raise your hand if when you hear the word “macaron” you go running for the nearest corner to hide? I am with you. I’ve made macarons a few times now, and even taken a macaron baking class to help me really become confident in the kitchen with these little finicky cookies.
Well I got a chance to review a product for Uncommon Goods, a company founded in 1999 and is located in Brooklyn, N.Y., that features unique jewerly, designer decor, handcrafted gifts, and some pretty cool unique kitchen and bar items. Out of the all the kitchen and bar items, the one that drew my attention was this macaron kit.
This kit comes with a silicone baking mat made essentially for making macarons. There are 48 perfect macaron sized circles on the mat. There are two circles for each macaron- one smaller circle inside the larger circle. The idea behind this is for you to pipe the macaron batter in to the inner circle, being careful not to reach the outer circle. Your macaron batter will spread slightly before it goes in the oven, so you want to leave room so they don’t spread into one big macaron sheet cake before baking.
Like I did. The first time I used this mat.
I piped right to the edges of the outer circle and before you know it, I had one big giant macaron fail.
So I made my macarons a second time. This time, I was careful to only pipe the batter to a inner circle, leaving room for them to spread. They looked perfect. But here is a quick tip about macarons, you need to let them cool completely. And I mean completely. Otherwise, you will end up with hollow centered shells. Because batch #2? Yup, you guessed another macaron fail. I didn’t wait long enough (have I mentioned patience isn’t my virtue?) I pulled my macarons off way too early leaving little hollow macaron cookies. I came back an hour later, and lo and behold, they came off perfectly!
So on to batch #3. I piped correctly. I was patient. And finally third time really was the charm. Perfection. Perfect little macaron cookies!
This kit does take the guesswork out of making perfect uniform macaron cookies. Uniformity with these cookies is definitely essential. It’s takes a lot of practice to pipe them all the same size, but with this mat I found piping the cookies took seconds.
Let’s talk about the piping shall we? Because this kit also comes with this handy dandy silicone piping squeeze bottle and assorted tips. It was easy to fill and use to simply squeeze the macaron batter onto the mat making fast work. The recipe I used fit perfect in the bottle, so I didn’t even need to refill. When you are nearing the end of your batter, you might experience a few air bubbles inside it. Just give it a few good shakes before using it, to get the batter to go to the bottom (think ketchup bottle technique) and you shouldn’t have any problems. I only used the large open circle tip, but there were smaller tips available and star tips as well included in the kit.
There were no instructions included with this kit, so I suggest reading up on making macarons before using the kit. This kit will help you get perfectly uniform cookies, however, it can’t help you make perfect macaron batter.
Because this is a silicone baking mat, if you do let them cool (unlike me in round 2) they really do come off easily. I actually tried comparing this mat to using my regular silicone baking mat and found that although they come off the mat perfectly (confirming silicone rules all), however, they were seriously all over the map on size. Ok, and maybe some were more like ovals than circles.
I turned my little vanilla macaron cookies into Boston Crème Pie macarons, which were perfectly scrumptious- with a homemade vanilla pastry cream in the middle and dipped in a rich chocolate ganache.
So if you find yourself cowering in the corner over the thought of making macarons, this kit will definitely take some of the guesswork out of it for you!
So let’s sum up this product shall we?
- Uniform sized cookies– again jsut be sure to keep your batter inside the second larger cirlce and you are all set.
- Ease of removal– let these puppies cool and they will lift right off. No problem.
- Quick clean-up– a little soap and water and good scrub was all this mat needed.
- Piping “bag”– includes a piping “bag” to quickly pipe your batter with multiple tips so you can make all sort of fun shapes and sizes.
- Recipe booklet: included in this kit was a recipe (in multiple languages I might add) to help you get started
- BPA free!– I don’t know about you, but I seriously look now for that symbol on products. So you can sleep easy when using this mat!
- No instructions included- because there were no written instructions included, I took a guess as how to fill the mat resulting in a big giant disaster the first time. Upon a second glance, there is a quick step by step picture collage on the inside of the recipe booklet that does show how to fill the mat. I, of course, missed the first time out, but hopefully now after reading this post you will have nothing but success!
Would I buy this product or give it as a gift? Absolutely. Like I said I’ve made macarons a few times, and once you get the batter part done it’s all about making sure you pipe perfect little circles. Something that takes a lot of practice. This product though did take the guesswork out of it, and made such quick work of doing so! Lucky for you, you have the chance to win your very own macaron kit! Giveaway rules located at the bottom of this post…
Five Very Cool Facts to Know About Uncommon Goods:
- Uncommon Goods is a privately own retailer that features products that are in harmony with the environment without harm to animals or people.
- They run all of operations out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, where the lowest-paid seasonal worker starts at 50% above the minimum wage.
- Half of what they sell is made by hand.
- Most of the jewelry products, home décor and table top items they carry are created right here inthe USA, and about
- One-third of our entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials.
In addition to the macaron kit, click here for more kitchen tools to check out, such as this personalized cutting board! In addition to the kitchen tools, Uncommon Goods also has gifts for a host or hostess, and gifts for a housewarming party.
Ok..finally giveaway time!!
Quick disclaimer: Giveaway is open until Monday April 15, 2016 at 12:00 a.m. E.S.T. The giveaway is only open to residents of the U.S. Winner will be chosen randomly on this site. I will e-mail the winner, and if the winner doesn’t respond in 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.