It’s naptime. That wonderful time of the afternoon when I have a minute to sit down, check my email, sip some tea, grab a family-size candy bar – no! But I could really go for a snack. Something sweet, but not too sweet, that won’t make me crash in half an hour. What to eat, what to eat?
Recently this question was answered for me by Hail Merry Macaroons. Macaroons are the answer! Healthy macaroons made from raw ingredients, that is.
I had the chance to try their Blonde, Sea Salt Caramel and Strawberry macaroons, and I’m happy to report that they are all lovely.
The Blonde Hail Merry macaroons are made with organic shredded coconut, organic maple syrup, natural raw almond flour, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic Madagascar bourbon vanilla, and sea salt. The sea salt and vanilla add a depth of flavor that I was happily surprised to find in a raw food treat.
The Caramel Sea Salt and Strawberry Almond Hail Merry macaroons were equally amazing, though I was especially surprised by the fresh flavor of the freeze-dried strawberries. This special burst put the Strawberry Almond Hail Merry macaroons at the head of the pack as my favorite of the three flavors.
I tried each of the macaroon flavors straight out of the fridge and at room temperature. The Hail Merry website recommends eating them at room temperature for a soft, melt-in-your mouth texture. Ah, the magic of coconut oil! However, I also enjoyed them chilled and chewy for a refreshing afternoon pick-me-up.
The bite-size portioning of Hail Merry macaroons makes it easy to eat as many or as few as you’d like in a sitting. It also makes them ideal for lunch boxes or sharing with the child who wakes up early from his nap.
Alisa here. Since Sarah’s original review, Hail Merry has added two new flavors that I had the opportunity to sample: Lemon and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
The Lemon are simply spot on – perfectly sweet, just tart enough, intense in natural flavor, and they meld seamlessly with the underlying coconut vibe. While I liked them for snacking, I found that they were simply perfect for crumbling in dairy-free parfaits or making into snack recipes (see below).
Just as you might imagine, the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Hail Merry macaroons are heavenly. They hit that sweet spot without being overly sugary, while offering the comforting, earthy warmth of cookie dough. They are deliciously tender, and are even soft to the bite straight from the freezer. Yes indeed, they do work in cookie dough ice cream (recipe below). Like Sarah, the Strawberry and Blonde Hail Merry macaroons were my favorite, but the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough may have squeezed in for the win.
Because Hail Merry Macaroons are so tender, yet pretty darn cohesive, I’ve adored using them in recipes. All of the following were created by me (Alisa Fleming)
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, these macaroons are vegan, vegetarian, egg-free, dairy-free, and peanut-free. They do contain tree nuts and coconut. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product information: Visit the Hail Merry website at www.hailmerry.com