After the first time I had a canelé (pronounced can-uh-lay), I had one or two every week for about two months. Now, I've learned to pace myself.
All three below were very good so this was a tough one to rank.
#3: Dominque Ansel Bakery
Tasted great and the inside was soft and practically pillow-y. These canelés ($3) are not overly sweet either, which I liked. I just wished the outside layer had a bit of crunch, although it had a good chewy crust.
LOCATION: Dominique Ansel Bakery | 189 Spring Street between Thompson & Sullivan St. | New York, NY 10012 | 212.219.2773
#2: Épicerie Boulud
This canelé ($3) is pretty much near perfection. Soft and custard-like on the inside, but chewy with a bit of a crunch on the outside. One tiny, tiny thing. It was slightly on the too sweet side.
LOCATION: Épicerie Boulud | 1900 Broadway at 64th Street | New York, NY 10023 | 212.595.9606
#1: Canelé by Céline
My favorite. How can they not be when they're miniature? Perfect canelés ($25 for box of 24) in texture inside and out but they're super cute and tiny. Even better, they come in variety of flavors including pistachio, chocolate and rose water. I try to be a little dainty and take two bites instead of one.
One thing though, they can only be purchased online with a minimum of 24. Shipping cost can be saved if you can pick them up in Manhattan.
And to show you how small the minis are: