Of course, people are going to draw comparisons whenever a store brings out a newer version of a fan favorite. Costco’s new gelato macaron sandwiches are no exception, with shoppers immediately comparing them online to the Via Emilia predecessor.
For instance, many macaron fans were interested in trying the new dessert sandwiches until they saw the price. While the 16-pack sells for about $15.79, the earlier Via Emilia treats cost about $13.49 for a 24-pack — essentially $0.56 per sandwich. The latter also included six flavors as opposed to just two. We’re talking pistachio, sea salt caramel, hazelnut, lemon, raspberry, and chocolate, versus just chocolate and vanilla with a dash of raspberry.
Via Emilia’s Italian gelato macarons are still listed on the company’s website, but it’s unclear as to where the desserts can actually be purchased, if at all. In the meantime, there are plenty of macaron delivery services that are more than happy to provide you with high-quality macarons — if Costco’s current batch doesn’t suit your fancy. You just might have to combine macarons with your own gelato at home, though.