Sweet Delights For the love of macarons

From Mad Mac NYC: "The Macaron cookie was born in Italy, introduced by the chef of Catherine de Medicis in 1533 at the time of her marriage to the Duc d'Orleans who became king of France in 1547 as Henry II. The term "macaron" has the same origin as that the word "macaroni" -- both mean "fine dough".

The first Macarons were simple cookies, made of almond powder, sugar and egg whites. Many towns throughout France have their own prized tale surrounding this delicacy. In Nancy, the granddaughter of Catherine de Medici was supposedly saved from starvation by eating Macarons. In Saint-Jean-de-Luz, the macaron of Chef Adam regaled Louis XIV and Marie-Therese at their wedding celebration in 1660.

Only at the beginning of the 20th century did the Macaron become a "double-decker" affair. Pierre Desfontaines, the grandson of Louis Ernest Laduree (Laduree pastry and salon de the, rue Royale in Paris) had the idea to fill them with a "chocolate panache" and to stick them together.

Since then, French Macaron cookies have been nationally acclaimed in France and remain the best-selling cookie in pastry retail stores."

Top Left: Honey & Butter, Top Right: Milk LA, Bottom: Chantal Guillon

Current foodie trends show that macarons now come in all shapes and sizes! The picture above shows some of the most popular macaron shops. On the top left features Honey & Butter's macarons. As you can see, the shop is super creative and can make macarons into different Winnie the Pooh Characters. On the top right is Milk LA's ice cream macaron sandwiches. There twist on macarons include their very own, homemade ice cream. On the bottom is Chantel Guillion's macarons, the shop makes some of the cutest and colorful macarons!

Find a macaron shop near you today!

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