Mott Street Gets Organic Macarons, Courtesy of J. Chanceux


Some ice cream vendors go south for the winter. Green Apple Organic Ice Cream Company, instead, has decided to share part of its small shop with pastry chef Vivian Lay, who started selling her rainbow of organic French macarons yesterday and will soon introduce coffee, fresh juices, and salads. Green Apple will keep its name on the storefront, and Lay will sell her goods at a counter separate from the ice cream under her own banner: J. Chanceux.

“They’re so colorful. They make me happy,” says Lay, who learned the art of pastry in France, of her brightly colored macarons. “Everyone said downtown doesn’t have good macarons. So I came here.”

J. Chanceux has six flavors for the moment, including Pumpkin, Nutella, and Peanut Butter, but expect up to 20. They come in small, medium, large, and a palm-sized XL.