Pierre Hermé has turned to the legendary graffiti artist Cyril Phan, better known by the pseudonym Kongo, to illustrate his Valentine’s Day boxes of macarons and chocolates. The self-taught painter has designed exclusive, explosive, and brightly colored packaging in which, playing with the letters composing the word “macaron”, combine their graphic design with symbolic hearts.
Beyond this collaboration, the chef jumps at the chance to present three entremets designed to be shared with someone on Valentine’s Day. Fleur de Cassis Coeurs Mêlés, made from blackcurrant pepper crumble, soft chocolate biscuit, Pure Origin Belizean Xibun Plantation chocolate with blackcurrant and blackcurrant pepper ganache, and dark chocolate chips with fleur de sel. Infiniment Vanille Coeurs Mêlés with almond biscuit, in which the ganache and light cream with vanilla from Tahiti, Mexico, and Madagascar adds depth, freshness and softness. And, finally, his emblematic Ispahan, with the name Ispahan Coeurs Mêlés, under a cloud of hearts and with contrasting flavors: macaron biscuit, rose petal cream, rose cake, raspberries, and litchis. In all three cases, the design of the hearts is inspired by the drawing of the journalist Leslie Gogois (editor of Yam magazine) exchanged during an interview with Hermé in 2019.