Macaroons vs Macarons

Okay, I have to admit I began this post wanting to write about one of my favorite desserts, macarons, and quickly discovered there are both ‘macaroons’ and ‘macarons’. I have been calling macarons macaroons for I don’t know how long now! So I am extending the post out to both varieties of sweets because they are quite different and yet have very similar names… and are equally delicious, melt-in-your mouth deserts! Macaroons: small mound of ground almonds, shredded coconut, sugar, egg whites and vanilla. They basically look like shredded, toasted coconut balls and are sometimes dipped in chocolate. The name comes from the italian word maccherone meaning “paste”. They are very popular for the Passover holiday. I am definitely a coconut gal! macaroon Macarons: small, colorful, disc-like cakes made of egg white, icing sugar and ground almond filled with ganache or jam. The name comes from the italian word macarone meaning “meringue”. These come in all sorts of delicious flavors, my favorite being raspberry, passion fruit and coffee. I ate many of these in France, and found I prefer the ganache filling from the jam. They are so yummy! Macarons If you are daring enough to try and make sweet, utterly amazing bites of heaven, see below for links: Macaroons Macarons

Happy Baking!

Macaroon vs. Macaron

One thought

  1. A lot of people don’t realize this! Yet even after learning this fact…I’m sure we will all continue to refer to both as “macaroons” lol.


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