Macarons — the light-as-air, Easter-egg-colored French sandwich cookies that took America by storm a few years ago — continue to gain in popularity in Kansas City.
A new retail bakery in the River Market calledColors Macarons is the latest player to enter the field. You may have already tasted the Colors confections at the Mixx, Chez Elle, Roasterie cafes or Cosentino’s. Co-owners Colleen Kirk and Sarah Rami, both of Kansas City, bake the colorful sweets in an open kitchen inside Opera House Coffee and Food Emporium
. You can watch the baking through an open window and purchase your choice in the bar area of the coffee house.
The March flavor of the month is Irish cream, in the colors of the Irish flag: green and orange shells and a white Irish cream liqueur-flavored center (but no real alcohol).
The shells are made with egg whites and almond flour and, except for a few versions with vanilla extract added, all taste the same. The flavor comes from the filling, either a flavored buttercream, fruit puree or chocolate ganache.
Popular flavors include salted caramel, fig and goat cheese, hazelnut mocha, chai and dark chocolate orange ganache. The macarons cost $2.25 each or two for $4 at Opera House.