Meringues Good Enough to Marry at Aux Merveilleux de Fred

Meringues Good Enough to Marry

Picking pastries in Paris can be a daunting task. There is so much choice and simply not enough room for all the delectable delicacies to fit into our stomachs. If we allowed ourselves a taste of everything all the time, we’d be as doughy as the desserts going into our mouths!

But ‘figure’ worries aside, there is room for indulgence from time to time and certainly no excuse not to in Paris, where there are specialties to be tasted that are worth every guilty bite.
After you’ve tried the melt-in-your-mouth macaroons from Ladurée or Pierre Hermés, the éclair of all variations from L’Eclair de Génie and the choux filled with your choice of flavor from La Maison du Chou, your next stop should be at Aux Merveilleux de Fred, where all your meringue dreams will come true.
Following the sweeping success in his native city of Lille, Frédéric Vaucamp brought the Merveilleux to Paris, where he now has four boutiques dedicated to his meringue masterpiece. For those who don’t know, meringues are essentially composed of egg whites and sugar whipped together and baked to a delicious creamy yet sturdy consistency.
Using a traditional recipe specific to the North of France, Vaucamp made it lighter and created several unique flavors of whipped-cream-covered meringues that are then coated with a minced topping for a crunchy exterior.
His famous Merveilleux come in 6 distinct flavors :

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  • The Merveilleux : Meringue, chocolate whipped cream coated with dark chocolate shavings
  • The Incroyable : Meringue, Speculoos biscuit whipped cream coated with white chocolate shavings
  • The Impensable : Meringue, coffee-flavored whipped cream coated with crystallized coffee meringue
  • The Excentrique : Meringue, cherry-flavored whipped cream coated with crystallized cherry meringue
  • The Magnifique : Meringue, praline-flavored whipped cream coated with almond chips and caramelized hazelnuts
  • The Sans-Culotte : Meringue, caramel-flavored whipped cream coated with crystallized meringue

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Are you salivating yet? Vaucamp’s revamped delicacy can be eaten bite-size, in individual portions or made to share in the form of elegantly crafted meringue cakes.
The creamy, crunchy goodness that comes in each bite of the Merveilleux is absolutely addicting, and it’s a taste so universally pleasing that you can find Aux Merveilleux de Fred in London’s South Kensington neighborhood and in Belgium as well.
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The Merveilleux is a rare breed  of Parisian pastry, as it’s super light and packs a lot of flavor in such a little piece — perfect for what the French call le goûter (afternoon snack) to accompany a nice hot tea.
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Aside from the house specialty, you can also pick up a cramique, which is Vaucamp’s variation on the soft brioche, available in five flavors, incorporating raisins, sugar and chocolate, depending on your taste.
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A box of Merveilleux makes for a great gift idea, or bring a meringue cake for dessert to your next Parisian dinner party. Regardless how you consume it, it’s a petit plaisir that Paris has to offer — so go have your gâteau, and eat it, too.
Locations and Hours
Aux Merveilleux de Fred
7, rue de Tocqueville
75017 Paris
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am to 8 pm and Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm
Aux Merveilleux de Fred
129 bis, rue Saint-Charles
75015 Paris
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 7:30 am to 8 pm and Sunday from 7:30 am to 7 pm
Aux Merveilleux de Fred
29, rue de l’Annonciation
75016 Paris
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am to 7:30 pm and Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm
Aux Merveilleux de Fred
94 rue Saint-Dominique
75007 Paris
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am to 8 pm and Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm
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