American Artisans: Dana’s Bakery




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Dana's Bakery Macaron ~ American Artisans
A unique line of gourmet macarons inspired by the flavors of classic American desserts and treats!

Dana’s Bakery is the eleventh in my Sunday series featuring American Artisans. There are so many exceptionally talented craftspeople, designers, and small companies across the country who share my love of handcrafted quality, and this is my chance to introduce them to you. These artisans are creating beautiful, useful and delicious products that elevate the experience of everyday cooking, dining, and entertaining. They’re using skills, techniques, and materials that might otherwise be lost in our era of mass production. Their work makes me happy, and I hope it does the same for you. Each feature will be paired with a giveaway to give you the chance to experience their work for yourselves. I’ll be doing these features every other Sunday for the foreseeable future, so be sure to check back, and enjoy!

American Artisans Rocket Mac American inspired macaroonDana Loia is the woman behind Dana’s Bakery.  What started 3 years ago in a small kitchen in Hawthorne New Jersey has skyrocketed into a national phenomenon.  Dana has taken the authentic French macaron and reinvented it with a sense of humor and a dose of Americana — everything in her selection of artisinal  flavors is inspired by iconic American desserts and sweets.  The Rocket Mac, above, with its tart lemony filling, is a limited edition flavor for the month of July.  (It’s a nod to the Rocket Popsicle.)  Dana’s macarons are entirely handmade, and come in a dizzying array of choices.  Take one look at the macaron gallery and your head will spin!

Dana's Bakery MacaronsJust a few short years ago, Dana was working as a photo editor, and had no professional baking experience.  When I asked her what motivated such a huge change in careers, she told me —  My last photo editorial job was at Muscle and Fitness Magazine. One day while I was sitting in my cubical (editing photos of men in speedo’s) I found myself asking the question one hopes they never have to ask themselves at the age of 3o  — Am I really going to do this for the rest of my life? — At that moment I decided I needed a change!  I always knew I loved to bake but never thought about doing it for a living.  Shortly after I quit my job at Muscle and Fitness and enrolled in pastry school.”  

Dana's Bakery Superbowl Macarons

Dana’s gutsy career shift and the playful irreverence of her cookies really speaks to the American spirit.  All of her cookies have the wonderful characteristics of classic French macarons, they have rich creamy centers and delicately crisp chewy meringue cookies… but Dana’s colors are a little bit more vivid, and the flavors, the key to her success I think, are imaginative, fun, and ever-changing.  Every one is inspired by uniquely American sweets like Thin Mints, S’mores, Creamsicles, and Red Hots.

Wild and crazy Dana's Bakery Macarons

Dana’s Bakery does limited edition flavors, a Macaroon of the Month Club, and lots of special orders.  Her macaroons give you a chance to think outside the box when it comes to gift giving because they are unique, and you can pretty much customize the flavors to anyone’s taste.  Create your own colors scheme,  stencil your logo on top, or dream up your own outrageous flavor.

Cinnamon French Toast macarons from Dana's Bakery

How does Cinnamon French Toast sound?

Dana's Bakery Mallomars MacaronsOr Mallomacs?

American Artisan Dana's Bakery: Banana Split MacaronBanana Split?

Dana's Bakery fluffernutter macaronOr maybe a Fluffernutter?

Dana's Bakery Macaron flavors

Keep an eye out,  Dana’s will be debuting an all-natural line of macarons to be sold at Whole Foods and other organic/all-natural retailers and specialty stores in the next year.  If you live in the greater NYC area, Dana’s Bakery offers classes in the art of macaron making.  The class is around 2 1/2 hours, with anywhere from 8 to 12 people per class. You learn how to make French macarons (Dana’s Bakery style) from start to finish, focusing on flavors that align with the season or whatever fun holiday is that week! In addition to taking home the macarons that are made in class, each person gets a recipe packet, an apron, a Dana’s Bakery mug, and a variety pack of the most current flavors.  You can sign up here.

Custom order Dana's Bakery macarons

Dana’s Bakery is generously giving away a Build Your Own Sampler Box of macarons (you get to choose your favorite flavors) —– to one lucky reader!

To enter, please visit Dana’s Bakery, HERE, and let me know, in a comment below, what flavor is your favorite…you have until Friday July 3rd to enter — good luck!

Dana's Bakery Assorted Macarons

(Giveaway ends Friday July 3rd )

*I use Random.org to pick the winner, and will announce it here on Saturday. Photos courtesy of Dana’s Bakery.  I was not compensated in any way for this post.

*** The winner of the giveaway is Toni Dash, of Boulder Locavore — congrats Toni! ***

Dana's Bakery Key Lime Pie Macaron

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98 Comments

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    manda
    July 4, 2015 at 12:45 am

    The cup of joe

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    Susan Christy
    July 3, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Rocky Road – YUM

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    Jody
    July 3, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    S’mores is the best!!!

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    Jennai
    July 3, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Am I too late? I’d love to try the Birthday Cake flavor. Purple is my favorite color.

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    Kristen
    July 3, 2015 at 1:07 am

    oooh amazing giveaway….sorry I missed it!

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    Vickie
    July 2, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Yes, definitely head spinning event. Just luscious..all the flavors. And, the color saturation is gorgeous..
    I adore French Macaroons..picking one flavor as BEST was a bit of a challenge..but, I picked the chocolate molton with ganache…oh my gracious..thankfully if I win I can pick a selection becasue I would love to try them all! Dana’s creations are beyond. I wish I lived in her area to take a class.

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    Allison M
    July 1, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    French toast sounds amazing!

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    daria
    July 1, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    cookie dough but they all look GREAT

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    Bette
    July 1, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Sue they all look and sound yummy, but since I live in the Florida Keys, I have to say Key Lime Pie. I love anything made with key limes!

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    Toni | BoulderLocavore
    July 1, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Oh my goodness Sue you’ve done such an exceptional job of curating talented artisans for your series! Each is more captivating than the last. These macarons are gorgeous!

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    Melissa
    June 30, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Chocolate pretzel or key lime; I couldn’t choose just one flavor!!

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    Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming
    June 30, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    give me the chocolate molten or fluffernutter!!

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    Brigitte Greenlee
    June 30, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    CHAMPAGNE CELEBRATION and RED VELVET

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    Amy L
    June 30, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    I Love macarons! I think my favorite would be Cup Of Joe. My birthday is next week, and I’m hoping my present will be some macarons :)

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    Kristie P
    June 30, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Oooo goodness. The description of the orange dreamsicle sounds delish!!

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      Kristie P
      June 30, 2015 at 10:46 am

      oof! Accidentally posted twice! Feel free to delete one of these. :)

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    Kristie P
    June 30, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Oooo goodness. I love the description of the orange creamsicle–sounds delish!!

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    Helene
    June 30, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Wow, cherry firecracker for me to celebrate summer fun!

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    Jo
    June 30, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Banana Pudding Mallowmac. Two favorites would make a great combo!

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    Gina Guthrie
    June 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    WOW, my mouth is watering. My flavor would be the cotton candy.

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    Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti
    June 29, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    My goodness, Sue! What a mouth watering array of macaroons! I have to admit the ones that look like Malomars hit a nostalgic cord with me. They were a special treat when I was a child and every time I see them for sale ( not often) I buy them! ;)

    Happy 4th of July!!!

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    Paula Michalowski
    June 29, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Damn that was hard! I can’t decide between Chocolate Stout or Raspberry Jam. Ennie meenie minnie mo, Raspberry Jam.

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    Jamae
    June 29, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Mmmmmm. I’ll take one of each. The sea salt caramel would be at the top of my list.

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    Amy Stuart
    June 29, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Since I love peanutbutter! it would have to be fluffernuter or chocolate peanutbutter!

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    Kim
    June 29, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Her macarons look fabulous and fun. I would love to try them all, however the creamsicle sounds very refreshing to me. Thank you TFGI.

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    Lisa Connor
    June 29, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Mallomacs ………. and the more the merrier!! No one has ever died from eating too much chocolate, I’m sure of it!

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    Jan R
    June 29, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Oh WOW…when I win I will probably choose one of each, love lemon, maybe strawberry rhubarb, the birthday cake look yummy. Then there’s salted caramel, see what I mean!

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    Shari Kelley
    June 29, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Believe it or not, I have never eaten a macaron. I have always wanted to. It was so hard to decide on a favorite flavor, but I am going to go with birthday cake.

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    sarah k
    June 29, 2015 at 10:46 am

    So many flavors I would like to try:) The top three I would love to try are the chocolate molten,thin mint and cookie dough.

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    Denise Belyavsky
    June 29, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Strawberry rhubarb sounds very interesting. But so many sound fabulous that it’s hard to choose! Congrats and good luck in this fabulous endeavor.

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    SallyBR
    June 29, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Very hard to pick one…. I think I’ll get the Cosmopolitan…. the color is simply stunning!

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    Sharon
    June 29, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Oh my – just one flavor as a favorite? I will say lemon and willing to try all.

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    Susan LP
    June 29, 2015 at 8:03 am

    I would say Chocolate Molten. You can never go wrong with chocolate!

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    Chris Scheuer
    June 29, 2015 at 7:56 am

    These are so gorgeous and so fun! What a wonderful twist on a classic!

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    linnea
    June 29, 2015 at 7:10 am

    I have never had a macaron, but I will be on the lookout for them at whole foods which just opened in Clearwater Florida !
    Favorites to try: sea salt caramel, cotton candy , strawberry shortcake, mimosa, and any kind with chocolate. I just found you on Pinterest and signed up for emails. Love it!!

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    marilyn
    June 29, 2015 at 6:53 am

    I would say the Raspberry Jam… although they ALL look wonderful!

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    Anita K.
    June 29, 2015 at 5:39 am

    They all look amazing… I’d probably say either Chocolate Molten, Strawberry Rhubarb, or maybe Chocolate Stout sound the best!

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    Nancie
    June 29, 2015 at 5:32 am

    Wow! So hard to decide, so many Flavors, I love Birthday cake anything! Key lime pie for sure, it’s a Florida thing! Gotta have chocolate, the Chocolate molten is to die for! And of course, can’t forget Cookie dough! Actually, I want them ALL!

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    Carolyn White
    June 29, 2015 at 5:32 am

    It is so hard to pick just one, but the winner is strawberry shortcake!

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    Joel Timmons
    June 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Mimosa. Yummmm

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    Blue
    June 29, 2015 at 3:30 am

    A dip in the fountain, that freeing moment of ectasy. .. a Peach Bellini for me~

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    Angela Johnson
    June 28, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    So many I would love to try but Key Lime Pie is one of my favorites so Key Lime Pie it is. Have you every had Bourbon Kentucky Derby Pie? It is also one of my favorites. Maybe it could be a future flavor of the month.

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    Teena McElroy
    June 28, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Champagne and Strawberries.

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    Donora
    June 28, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Chocolate Molten sounds like a winner to me. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Emily S.
    June 28, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    They all look absolutely amazing! I would love to try the key lime pie, or the cup of joe!

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    Nan Johnson
    June 28, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    it is summer so
    COTTON CANDY

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    LuAnne Schenck
    June 28, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    They all look beautiful but I love all things Red Velvet!!

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    TaraO
    June 28, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    The key lime pie flavor just says summer to me! Would love to taste these beautiful macarons.

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    Linda Romer
    June 28, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    I think my favorite flavor would be key lime pie! Yum! Thank you

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    Candace
    June 28, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Key lime Pie and how!

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    Katheryn
    June 28, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    It has to be Gingerbread Man, though Cinnamon French Toast and Champagne Celebration were close runner ups!

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    Judith
    June 28, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Gotta be Chocolate Molten!

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    sherry klusman
    June 28, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    These are beautiful! I can’t believe at the age of 64 I have never eaten a macaron. Many of my friends make them and tell me how involved they are — but delicious. I love anything with caramel so the sea salt caramel would be my selection.

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      Sue
      June 28, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      Oh wow Sherry – you need to get some of these and get up to speed!!

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    Renee
    June 28, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    They all look so lovely and delicious. It would definitely be difficult to chose just one favorite. A sampling of each flavor would be perfect. But for starters, I would have to begin with Pink Marshmallow or Strawberry Shortcake.

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    Joy
    June 28, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Key Lime sounds perfect to me! Thank you TVFGI !

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    Carol G
    June 28, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Chocolate Moulton sounds delicious. I love macaroons.

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    Jennifer R
    June 28, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I can’t decide but I think I’d like to try birthday cake! Or raspberry jam…or peanut butter and jelly.

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    sydney85
    June 28, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Wow! Dana’s Bakery has the best selection of flavors I have seen. I would pick the Red Velvet for my first choice.

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      Sue
      June 28, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      I agree, Sydney – I like them because they’re different.

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    Michelle
    June 28, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Cup of Joe

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    Susan
    June 28, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    I so love chocolate, so I have to say that Chocolate Molten sounds like a dream!
    Dana’s creations are simply beautiful! Thanks for sharing this with everyone!

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    Kate
    June 28, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    They’re all gorgeous, but my flavor choice would have to be Red Hot!

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      Sue
      June 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Red Hot wouldn’t be my favorite, but I would like to taste it ;)

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    Louise
    June 28, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I love purple and peanut butter – so it has to be pbj

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    Terry Parks
    June 28, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    orange creamsicle…

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    Doreen
    June 28, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    S’mores! Perfect for the summer!

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    Mary
    June 28, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Cookie dough sounds so yummy!

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    Mary Kusiek
    June 28, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    If it’s a macaron I love it. If I have to pick I’ll go with “birthday cake”.

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    MaryAnn
    June 28, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    RED HOTS, dying to try. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    Julie
    June 28, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Key Lime! Please :)

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    sheri
    June 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    I would have loved to try the Mac Squared! that sounds fantastic so would have to go with the Chocolate Stout…yummm

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    Jessica
    June 28, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Chocolate!!!!

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    Julie
    June 28, 2015 at 11:41 am

    So many clever creations. Orange Creamsicle is calling me.

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    Susan
    June 28, 2015 at 11:33 am

    They are adorable and can’t decide, but I love the patriotic ones and would enjoy the chocolate molten and cup of joe. I love these and could just look at them!

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    Charlotte Silvia
    June 28, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Boy, hard to decide. I think I will go with Sea Salt Caramel. I just made your mayo today and I love it for a few great reasons. Tomorrow your pasta.

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    carol g
    June 28, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Just one! Ok, Sea Salt Caramel.

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    Sue C
    June 28, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Hard to pick just one! At first I thought Thin Mint, then it was Lemon, but Cookie Dough and Oatmeal Raisin sound really good, too. If I have to pick just one though I’m going with White Chocolate Peppermint.

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      sheri
      June 28, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      …sounds like one of each would do just fine…lol

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    Jane
    June 28, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Cup of Joe. Coffee and almond favors are my favorites and the mix sounds wonderful.

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    Alison H.
    June 28, 2015 at 10:45 am

    I would love to try the Cup of Joe!

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    Dawn
    June 28, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Thin mint!

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    Mary Nyhan
    June 28, 2015 at 10:35 am

    S’mores!

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    France
    June 28, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Scrumpscious I’m sure!! I love the colors as well! Happy macaroons!! ????

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    Linda
    June 28, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Strawberry Rhubarb! Yumalicious!

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    JD Georgia
    June 28, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Oooohhhh, I want to try Cup of Joe and Chocolate Molten… together! :-)

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    LynneMarie
    June 28, 2015 at 10:16 am

    There are several flavors I’d like to try including the Cup of Joe and Key Lime.

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    Pat
    June 28, 2015 at 10:09 am

    You had me at “fluffernutter” Yum

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    Sharon
    June 28, 2015 at 10:08 am

    I would love to try them all! The Chocolate Molten especially, or the Key Lime.

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    Gwen
    June 28, 2015 at 8:48 am

    The Cosmo macaroon looks and sounds amazing

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    victoria mcauliffe
    June 28, 2015 at 8:46 am

    OMG!!!! What to choose, have not had a great macaron since visiting France and Italy just like good gelato so hard to find. Tried to make my own but not good luck with recipes. Maybe see if my local culinary school has classes for this. Thanks again Sue for such delicious inspiring info and the very talented artist. I enjoy looking over the websites and getting to know them better

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    Susan
    June 28, 2015 at 8:08 am

    I absolutely adore macaroon cookies!!!!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    June 28, 2015 at 7:47 am

    That Cup of Joe looks and sounds wonderful – but they are all amazing and beautiful. What a great feature! You know I love a good macaron.

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    Liz S.
    June 28, 2015 at 7:42 am

    The Fruity Cereal flavor of Dana’s Bakery macarons is my favorite.

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    Angie@Angie's+Recipes
    June 28, 2015 at 7:08 am

    wow all those gorgeous macarons! I want all of them!

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    jj
    June 28, 2015 at 6:18 am

    I like the chocolate mint version!

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    diana
    June 28, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Chocolate Molten! Thanks for the chance to win. ;-)

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    June 28, 2015 at 5:32 am

    Love macarons and theses are perfection! Such creative flavours. I wouldn’t know which one to try first :)

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