Battle of the Dishes

Macaron Melee Part 2: Essence vs. 21 Cakes

The macaron craze of 2010 may have died down -- we haven't seen quite as many photos of the colorful sandwich cookies flavored with everything from salmon to strawberry gracing the pages of our favorite food porn sites -- but the Parisian treats haven't lost their elegant appeal.

And that leads us to this week's battle.

Recently, we received a press release from Scottsdale's 21 Cakes that stated they have people "waiting at the door" for head baker Linda Schneider's macarons and that the little cookies (available Thursday through Saturday) sell out the day they hit shelves.

Wow! Those must be some good macarons!

Last summer, when we saw that Scratch Pastries was making macarons, we put them up against those from Essence Bakery, which has been making the French cookies before most of Phoenix even knew what they were. Essence won that battle, and now we want to see if they can still reign supreme now that newcomer 21 Cakes has entered the ring.

May the best macaron win!

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Shannon Armour
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