This Costco Macarons Review is NOT sponsored and was written based on my honest opinion as a busy mom who likes a nice sweet treat every now and then!
There is nothing like European pastries.
And they’re even better when they’re actually made there – I’ll tell you why soon!
Keep reading this Costco macarons review to learn:
- how are Costco macarons
- how long are Costco macarons good for
- are Costco macarons seasonal
- three varieties of flavors and when they appear in stores
- where to buy Tipiak French macarons from other retailers
- regular and sales price comparison
- an overview of ingredients and nutrition
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Costco Macarons Review: Honest + Unsponsored
Costco carries Tipiak brand French macarons 95% of the time.
They introduced Le Bon Patissier’s special heart-shaped macarons for Valentine’s Day this year though.
They’re imported from Europe and cost significantly less than buying freshly made macarons at a bakery!
Usually, I love supporting local as much as possible but the fact that these macarons are made in Europe is a HUGE win for us.
Since my oldest daughter and I share allergies to conventional North American dairy, it means we get severe sinusitis every time we consume something made with non-organic dairy products.
European dairy regulations are more strict than they are here so many of the chemicals used in North America are prohibited from European products.
That said, organic North American dairy has higher standards and does not allow:
- synthetic herbicides (i.e. RoundUp)
- chemical additives
- artificial colors
There are some differences between Canada and the United States (with Canada being a bit stricter) but for the most part, they’re very similar.
Where are Tipiak macarons made?
Tipiak macarons are made in France.
Where are Le Bon Patissier macarons made?
Le Bon Patissier macarons are made in Belgium.
How long are Costco Macarons good for?
Both Tipiak and Le Bon Patissier macarons have a shelf-life of about one month.
If you’ve thrown away the box, it would be a good idea to take a black sharpie and write the best before date on the clear lid cover afterwards!
How are Costco Macarons?
I think they’re pretty good, especially considering how reasonably priced they are.
That said, how important is clean eating to you?
If you’re looking to avoid ALL preservatives and unnecessary food additives, I’d advise skipping these.
Carrageenan is one of those ingredients I like to avoid as much as possible but unfortunately, Costco macarons contain it.
Knowing what I do now, I’d probably get these one or two times a year until I have the time to start making my own.
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Are Costco Macarons seasonal?
While Costco macarons are available all year long (unless they’ve sold out), there are three different flavor varieties they stock depending on the season.
- Valentine’s Day Special
Costco Macarons Flavors
Costco actually carries two different brands of macarons – Tipiak and Le Bon Patissier.
Here are the macaron flavor combinations available at Costco and approximately when you’ll be able to find them!
This combination is made by Tipiak and is available from the end of February until about August.
You’ll find 6 macarons in each of the following flavors:
- Peaches & Cream
- Lemon & Yuzu
- Intense Chocolate
Here’s what the package looks like this time of year.
This combination is made by Tipiak and is available from the end of August until January.
It includes 6 macarons in each of the following flavors:
- Creme Brûleé
- Dulce de Leche
- Red Velvet
- Chocolate & Mandarin
This special celebration combo is made by Le Bon Patissier and features two different flavours – vanilla and raspberry.
They’re available from January until the end of February or until they sell out!
Here’s what they look like.
Costco Macarons Price
Le Bon Patissier macarons retail for $16.99 for 25 heart-shaped macarons.
Tipiak macarons have a regular retail cost of $20.99 for a 36 pack.
However, they do go on sale from time to time – I’ve seen them discounted from between $3.00 off to $8.00 off!
Unfortunately, that $8 discount came with a lower-quality macaron.
Instead of the usual soft and chewy texture, they were flakey and a bit crunchier than usual!
If I had to guess, I’d say the reason they were discounted so heavily was that they needed to clear out old inventory.
At the $3 discount, there was absolutely no difference in quality!
Just something to keep in mind if you’re buying for a party or other special celebration 🙂
Costco Macarons Ingredients
Here are the ingredients for the Tipiak Spring/Summer variety:
Raspberry macaron: Sugars (icing sugar, sugar, raspberry pure), Raspberry filling (raspberry breaks, raspberry puree, sugar, lemon juice, pectin), Powdered almond, Egg white, Butter, Beet red, Skim milk powder, Carrageenan, Raspberry natural flavour. Xanthan gum.
Peaches and cream macaron: Sugars (icing sugar, peach puree peach,
ascorbic acid], sugar), Powdered almond, Egg white, Butter, Cream product (cream, carrageenan), Skim milk powder, Paprika extract, Peach natural flavour, Carrageenan. Vanilla natural flavour, Xanthan gum.
Lemon and yuzu macaron: Sugars (icing sugar, sugar, lemon pure, yuzu juice), Powdered almond, Egg white, Butter, Water, Skim milk powder, Carrageenan, Turmeric, Xanthan gum, Lemon essential oil.
Pistachio macaron: Sugars (icing sugar, sugar), Powdered almond, Egg white, Butter, Water, Cream product (cream carrageenan), Pistachio, Skim milk powder, Spirulina, Turmeric, Carrageenan, Bitter almond natural flavour, Xanthan gum.
Blueberry macaron: Sugars (icing sugar, blueberry pure, sugar), Powdered almond, Egg white, Butter, Skim milk powder, Carrageenan, Spirulina, Blueberry natural flavour, Xanthan gum.
Intense chocolate macaron: Sugars (icing sugar, sugar, glucose syrup), Powdered almond, Egg white, Cream product(cream, carrageenan), Dark couverture chocolate (cocoa mass, sugar, low fat cocoa powder, soya lecithin, natural vanilla flavour), Butter, Low fat cocoa powder, Sunflower oil, Xanthan gum.
Contains: Almond, Pistachio, Egg, Milk, Soya. May contain: Pecan, Walnut, Hazelnut, Sesame.
Here are the ingredients for the Valentine’s macarons made by Le Bon Patissier:
Vanilla: Sugars (sugar, glucose syrup), Almonds, Cream, White confectionary coating (cocoa butter, sugar, whole milk powder, chicory fibre, soy lecithin, vanilla extract), Liquid egg whites, Butter, Egg white powder, Madagascar vanilla, Madagascar vanilla extract, Glycerol, Mono and diglycerides, Soy lecithin, Carrageenan, Xanthan gum. Contains: Almonds, Milk, Egg, Soy.
Raspberry: Sugars (sugar, glucose), Almonds, White confectionary coating (cocoa butter, sugar, whole milk powder, chicory fibre, soy lecithin, vanilla extract), Raspberry, Liquid egg whites, Butter, Egg white powder, Natural raspberry flavour, Beet juice, Glycerol, Mono and diglycerides, Soy lecithin, Citric acid, Carrageenan, Xanthan gum. Contains: Almonds, Milk, Egg, Soy.
Costco Macarons Nutritition
The nutrition facts for Tipiak macarons are as follows:
Per 3 macarons
- Calories: 160
- Fat: 7g
- Carbohydrates: 21 g
- Fibres: 1 g
- Sugars: 18 g
- Protein: 4 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
- Sodium: 50 mg
- Potassium: 150 mg
- Calcium: 20 mg
- Iron: 0.5 mg
The nutrition facts for Le Bon Patissier macarons are as follows:
Per 2 macarons
- Calories: 130
- Fat: 7g
- Carbohydrates: 16 g
- Fibres: 1 g
- Sugars: 15 g
- Protein: 3 g
- Cholesterol: 5 mg
- Sodium: 15 mg
- Potassium: 75 mg
- Calcium: 30 mg
- Iron: 0 mg
Where to buy Tipiak French macarons?
At the time of writing this, Tipiak macarons are exclusively available at Costco.
Costco Macarons Review: Final Thoughts
Although the ingredients in Costco macarons aren’t perfect, we like to get them when we’re in the mood for a special treat.
First, they’re really affordable compared to buying macarons elsewhere!
While there’s nothing like a fresh macaron, a cost of between $2.75 and up each on average is just too much in our opinion.
The $20.99 price tag for 36 at Costco works out to about 58 cents each!
You’re literally getting five of them for the price of one when you buy this tray at Costco.
Secondly, they’re made with European dairy products which don’t give us the same allergic reaction that non-organic North American dairy products do!
Those freshly made bakery macarons don’t use organic milk either, so opting for these is a good option for us.
That said, I don’t like that they contain carrageenan and would be inclined to pay a bit more for fresh macarons that don’t use this ingredient in them.
But for five times less, we’ll treat ourselves to these once or twice a year!
Have you tried Costco macarons? What’s your favorite flavor?
Let me know in the comments below.
Happy snacking, friend!