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Dessert French

Every summer, Vanille Patisserie invites anyone with a sweet tooth to try their hand at recommending a new flavor for their famous French macarons. Vanille Patisserie has been recognized nationally for these award-winning Parisian indulgences boasting a crunchy meringue shell and containing an intense burst of flavor at their creamy core.

“While it is important to retain our French pastry roots, we love to surprise and delight our customers by taking our desserts in new and unexpected directions,” said Sophie Evanoff, president of Vanille Patisserie. “We also want to celebrate the creativity of our patrons by allowing them to have input into our delicious desserts,” added Evanoff.

Customers and macaron lovers are asked to submit ideas for new macaron flavors on the Vanille Facebook page. Flavor suggestions are accepted now through July 21st. The Vanille team will select three finalists. The finalists’ flavors will then be packaged and sold together at a discounted rate of $5 in all four Vanille locations from August 13 through September 3. Purchasers of the finalist packages can vote for their favorite flavor in stores. A winner will be announced on September 7, at which time the winning flavor will be added to Vanille’s lineup of delicious macarons. The top flavor inventor receives a $250 gift card to Vanille. The providers of the second and third place suggestions will receive $100 gift cards.

Last summer's contest flavor finalists were Rainbow, Bananas Foster and Balsamic Berry. Contestants of all ages are invited to participate, as last year’s Rainbow suggestion came from a precocious pastry savant at the tender age of 5!

Vanille offers a colorful spectrum of flavors, whether Strawberry Lemongrass in the summer or classic Vanilla Bean year ‘round. Legacy flavors include: Chocolate, Caramel, Boston Crème, Carrot Cake, Raspberry, Pistachio, Coconut, Coffee, Red Velvet, Hazelnut, Nutella, Coffee, Casis, Mango Passion, Rose, Lavender and Green Tea.

People can stop into any of Vanille’s four locations from August 13th to September 3rd to taste and then vote for their favorite finalist flavor: Lincoln Park (2108 N. Clark St.) Lakeview (3243 N. Broadway) Chicago French Market inside Ogilvie Metra Station (131 N. Clinton Ave.) and Hyde Park (5229 S. Harper Court). To place an order and for more information visit or call a Patisserie Specialist at (773) 868-4574.


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