FAQ

Is dacquoise crunchy? What is the texture?

  • Dacquoise has a slight crunchy exterior with a very soft, melt-in-your-mouth pastry layer, and a light buttercream centre. It is not quite a cookie, and not quite a cake. The exterior of the pastry is slightly crispy due to the sugar, but the interior is incredibly light and soft. Once left out at room temperature for 5-10 minutes, it has the perfect texture reminiscent of a fluffly cloud (with a crisp exterior!). 

Is dacquoise sweet?

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About Earthling's Dacquoise & Pastries:

 

What is dacquoise? What is Earthling's dacquoise?

  • Earthling's Dacquoise is an almond meringue pastry re-invented from the traditional French Dacquoise, which is a layered nut-meringue cake. The cake is believed to have originated in the 17th century, when it was invented as a luxurious dessert for the people of the French court.*   The biscuit--or the "shell"--part of the cookie is also called dacquoise (pronounced dak-kwaz). The "Asian style" hand-held, oval-shaped, or small-sized dacquoise "sandwich cookies" became popularized in East Asia, after this traditional French pastry made its way into the luxurious bakery cafés of Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. This form of dacquoise is a perfect size for sharing, and shares the advantage of its more well-known cousin--the macaron--of being able to made into many different flavours. Korean-style dacquoise is oval-shaped, filled to the brim with delicious buttercreams, often incorporating many traditional flavours such as matcha, yuzu, red bean, and black sesame.

 

 
 

How is Earthling's dacquoise made?

  • Dacquoise is made by first creating a stiff meringue peak, folding in our special blend of dry ingredients including almond flour, sugar, and rice flour, then piping them onto uniform oval-shaped moulds or into any shapes. Depending on the recipe, this base can be made into different sizes, textures, and shapes. Then, the meringue mixture is baked at a low, consistent temperature to create "shells" with the perfect crispy exterior. The "shells" are then stored overnight to set. This final step that completes the shells ensures that they are not too weak or crumbly, and also stabilizes the structure of the shell so that it can be assembled with ease, using buttercream or fresh cream. The shells are laid out, chosen (with its perfect size/ shape match), then filled with buttercream, homemade jams, or fresh whipped cream. The final assembled dacquoise sandwich cookie is kept cold overnight in the freezer to ensure that the two shells are binding. If you want to watch a video on how it's made, check this cool video out!

What is dacquoise made of? What makes them so tasty? :)

  • We use real almond flour & homemade fruit spreads/ jams. No artificial colours or flavours are used. No refined sugar & we use organic cane sugar, organic cocoa, and Natrel butter. Each baked item is handmade with love & care, using the best quality ingredients - no margarine, no bleached grain blends, no fake flavours. We specialize in quality baked goods & products, no cheap ingredients allowed.

 

Storage & Serving:

How long can dacquoise last? Can Dacquoise be frozen?

  • Dacquoise: YES! Dacquoise can be frozen, or refrigerated. They last perfectly well 14 days refrigerated, and up to 6 months frozen. At room temperature, we recommend keeping dacquoise covered for up to 4 days (depending on weather and temperature, since there is buttercream in between dacquoise can last 3-5 days).

    • as per our environmental initiative we are no longer wrapping the cookies in plastic. To prevent scent-contamination, when storing dacquoise in fridge/ freezer, please use an airtight container or a ziploc bag to keep fresher for longer.

What is the best way to serve dacquoise?

  • Dacquoise: If frozen/ refrigerated, leave them at room temp for 10-20 mins before serving. Buttercream should be slightly softened. Inside should be soft & cake-like and outside a slight crisp

 

For more information or a visual explanation, click this link to see our serving and storing instructions page.

 

GVRD Delivery/ Ordering

What local delivery options are available?

  •  Metro Vancouver Express : your order will be processed, made, and packaged within 1-2 days and shipped via local courier within 1-2 business days.

    • Order through our website for courier options​​​. $15 charge per delivery, ($20 for regions outside >30 km Metro Vancouver centre) and there is FREE delivery on orders over $100.

    • Courier schedules are subject to change, and normally has a lead time of ~ 1-2 days for order processing. 

    • We cannot guarantee or specify an exact time of delivery, as couriers must deliver to multiple locations. However, we can make a note on behalf of you, upon request.

    • Please indicate a buzzer number if you live in an apartment building! If there is no buzzer number or if the courier cannot reach you at your phone number, they will leave the package at the building front.

What pick-up options for dacquoise or other baked foods are available?

  • Pick up at our Café - Our café is open everyday! Weekdays (Monday through Saturday 11-4 pm). You can also pick & choose order in person from our display case.

  • You can also check out our many local partners all over BC & AB to see where you can buy our products!

When are new flavours of dacquoise announced?

What are your delivery minimums for each region?

  • With $100 purchase, delivery is FREE within Metro Vancouver! For any deliveries under, there is a courier charge, and there are no order minimums. 

Shipping  (Outside of Metro Vancouver)

What is the shipping fee if I wanted to have dacquoise delivered?

  • We offer express Canada shipping, with rates calculated at checkout based on order amount.

How long does the shipping take?

  • Between 2-5 business days from the moment it has been shipped out. 

When can I expect my order to ship out?

  • Your order will be shipped out within 1-2 days from your order placement. Order processing may be delayed if there are large volume of orders, or during holidays (Christmas, etc).  A shipping confirmation email along with a tracking number will be sent to the customer's email address, as soon as the order has been shipped. We ship the orders out on Mondays & Tuesdays.

Will my dacquoise / cakes arrive fresh?

  • Each product will be sealed in a plastic bag and cushioned by packing materials inside an insulated bag. We also add ice packs and/or dry ice to keep dacquoise as cool as possible during delivery. If the the package arrives within standard shipping time, the products will be completely fresh.

  • There is a chance that the delivery may arrive late or package may arrive damaged due to unforseen delays or extreme weather conditions* -- if your package arrives damaged or in poor condition,  you must contact the shipping carrier to file a complaint. *Unfortunately, we do not have control once the package has left us and we do not claim responsibility for damage during shipping!!!*

Gifts & Special occasions

Can I include a personal note with my order?

  • Yes :) Just let us know in the special request or "notes" section of your order

Can I order a custom dessert for birthdays/ parties?

  • Yes, feel free to email us at info@earthlingfoods.ca and we will be happy to provide a quote for you. In the past we have made Dacquoise birthday cakes, Vegan birthday cakes. Check out our catering inquiry page to get in contact as well!

 

 

Nutrition & Safety

What products are glutenfree*? Are dacquoise gluten free?

  • All of our products are made with only rice & nut flour. We also make sure that all of the ingredients we use are produced in a gluten free environment. Dacquoise, of course are made gluten free!

  • We currently operate from a dedicated gluten-free kitchen. 

Are there peanuts and tree nuts in your products?

  • Yes, we specialize in Almond Meringue & nut flour products. We do not recommend our products if you have severe nut allergies.

Are your vegan products free of cross-contamination?

  • We prepare our vegan poundcakes on separate allocated days to prevent cross-contamination with our meringue cookies. Our vegan items are also kept in separate storage space from our non-vegan items.

Is there soy in dacquoise? any other products?

  • We use Konggaru/ Kinako (soybean flour) for one of our popular flavours : Injeolmi. All other items do not contain soy, including the vegan poundcakes. However, there is a risk of cross-contamination from using the same facility and equipments.

Can dacquoise be made dairy-free?

  • Yes! However, as there are not as many requests for dairy free dacquoise as there are for regular ones - please make sure to call the store (778-948-9804) or email info@earthlingfoods.ca ahead of time to check whether or not we currently have any in stock. We can also custom-make dairy free dacquoises, at minimum 28 pieces per flavour.