Recession-proof Sweets

Did you know this scientific fact: During times of depression (and recession) people eat more sugar (and consume more liquor)? If you have to eat sweets and you’re in gay Paree on Rue Bonaparte, I am told you absolutely must have a classic French macaron at Ladurée (sample above and image from its bar below). You will simply swoon at the many creamy-flavored fillings (including licorice) and the scrumptious pastry sandwich. What’s more, the packaging is design elegance at its tastiest. The digs are pretty fine too. And I bet you can’t eat just one.

But if you have a hankering for chocolate, you must not miss the to-die-for confections and delicious packaging (all the way at the bottom) at a la Reine Astrid on Cherche-Medi on la Rive Gauche. The chocolate junkie will be in heaven. And the recession will seem like a distant memory.

What other combinations of graphic design and sweets tickle your fancy?

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About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.