Sweet Treats: Old Firehall Confectionery (Unionville) by Steph Chiu
Sweet Treats: Old Firehall Confectionery (Unionville)
By Steph Chiu
If you have ever been to the idyllic neighbourhood of Main Street Unionville, chances are you have heard of this famous confectionery. If not, it’s time you paid a visit!
The Old Firehall Confectionery is a sweet-lover’s wonderland. First opened in June 2009, the Old Firehall specializes in old-fashioned, handmade treats of all sorts. You can find old favourites like fudge, candy apples, and caramel corn, as well as contemporary delicacies like french macarons, truffles, and cakes. There is also a large selection of premium ice cream: Kawartha Ice Cream, Dippin’ Dots, frozen yogurt, soft serve dipped in chocolate, and ice cream cakes, cupcakes, and cookie sandwiches are all available at the confectionery.
With so many different options, it took me a while to decide what I wanted to try today. In the end, I decided on a duo of French Macarons. Every day, six different flavours are available, although Old Firehall produces 27 different varieties in total.
For those of you unfamiliar with macarons, they are meringue-based confections made from eggs, sugar, almond powder, and food colouring. Two biscuits are sandwiched between a filling of ganache, buttercream, or jam to form one macaron. Macarons are a famous French confection, although the name comes from the Italian word “macarone”, meaning “meringue”. When made properly, macarons are smooth and flat with the perfect ratio of biscuit-to-filling, and are so moist that they easily melt in the mouth when consumed. (Note: macarons are often mistaken for “macaroons”, which are meringue-based cookies made with coconuts.)
I chose the Praline and Litchi Rose varieties.
Praline: hazelnut macaron shell, hazelnut praline ganache and caramelized hazelnuts on top.
Litchi Rose: rosewater-scented macaron shell with litchi tea-infused dark chocolate ganache.
The verdict? Both were very good – the praline had a sophisticated hazelnut and chocolate flavour, while the litchi rose had a unique taste to it. They were so delicate that exerting even the slightest pressure on the biscuits started to form cracks in the surface! I highly recommend eat these fresh the day-of for the best possible taste. This was my first time eating macarons and I’m definitely hooked. Next time I return to Old Firehall, I plan to try another kind of treat, but I will certainly be scouring other sweet shops in York Region in search of the best macaron – so stay tuned!
In conclusion, the Old Firehall Confectionery is a not-so-hidden gem for delicious, handmade treats in York Region that is very popular among locals. This would be a great place to visit for the whole family, especially when the weather warms up and you can enjoy your treats outside. With so many options to choose from, there is certainly something to suit every taste bud.