The classic puff, filled with Madagascar bourbon vanilla whipped cream and generously coated with powdered sugar. The filling is no bland, mild whipped cream—it tastes of fragrant, sweet vanilla beans, with overtones of cream. The texture isn't watery and tongue-coating nor custardy and overly thick. It's a light-as-air pocket of cream that disappears on your tongue. Bite into the puff and the powdered sugar falls into the nooks of the choux pastry, coating every bite.
Interior of the Classic Vanilla
There is a high cream to choux ratio, but because the cream is so airy, the pastry feels balanced.
A choux pastry is cut in two, filled with whipped cream, and topped with freshly cut strawberries. The flavor of the whipped cream is plain, not vanilla, though as the juices of the strawberries run down they flavor the cream. It tastes just like a strawberry shortcake.
Seasonal flavors rotate throughout the year, and the current special is Pumpkin. The interior cream has flecks of bright orange pumpkin, which contribute to the bright, squashy, flavor. The cream is also flavored with classic autumnal spices, which make the filling taste like a fresh pumpkin pie.
The choux is filled with a chocolate whipped cream that has a mild cocoa rather than dark chocolate flavor. Because the filling isn't aggressively flavored, the flavor of the choux pastry itself is noticeable. This is a good choice for those who like chocolate but not an overly sweet pastry.
Those who want an extra boost of chocolate should choose this pastry. The icing on top is relatively thick and it's potently chocolatey; like the icing on a cupcake, in a good way. Instead of overpowering the filling, the icing actually emphasizes the chocolate notes of the whipped cream and makes the puff taste more chocolatey than the Chocolatier Sugar.
The Classic is a ball of airy pâte à choux pastry filled with vanilla whipped cream and topped with a glossy slick of chocolate icing. Like a spherical éclair, it has the perfect ratio of flaky pastry, creamy vanilla interior, and sugary chocolate icing.
The other pastries were so light I could see myself easily eating two for a snack, but not these. The Classic is definitely the most decadent, but also the most satisfying.