by Meli C

Macaron vs. Macaroon

Alright people, it’s time to get it straight! There is a HUGE difference between a (French) macaron and macaroons. For someone who doesn’t even like macaroons that much to begin with, it’s quite nerve-wracking to have the two constantly confused.  I feel like I’ve had this conversation so many times, having to clarify that I am not talking about a coconut cookie. Anyhow, I was laughing a little bit to myself today when I ran into this post.

I first tried macarons three or four years ago here in Miami, at a small French restaurant in Brickell (Le Boudoir) that makes the delicious treats. They were amazing, and I kept coming back for more – but my real passion for them really began during a trip in 2008 to visit one of my best friends who was living in Geneva. After having tried a few of the most delicious macarons in the whole world (in flavors such as pistachio, green tea, passion fruit, chocolate, coffee, vanilla), I made it my goal to try as many flavors possible, at every single place I saw them sold. I think I’ve tried them all!

I have found a few more places in Miami that have them, although they are never as good as their swiss counterparts. Namely, Wine Bistro (good) and Gelateria Parmalat on Lincoln (not so good)… yet I’m sure that they will start popping up everywhere, since they have become a trendy item recently. You can even order them online these days (although I wouldn’t recommend this, they become stale quickly).

I have looked at a few recipes and have been tempted with taking on the challenge, but haven’t yet because the recipes do look a little intimidating. Plus, I’ve been told that it helps if it’s cooler outside – unlike hot & humid 100 degree Miami summer weather.

But anyway, I was reading one of my favorite blogs today and saw that Emily made salted caramel macarons. They look irresistible, and I think I am going to take a stab at that recipe very soon. I’ll let you know if I do and how it goes.

Note: A special thanks to YumSugar.com for the picture I am using to illustrate my point.  They also have a great explanation on the differences between them here.

3 comments

1 mire { 08.26.10 at 11:57 pm }

hahha thanks for enlightening the dim-witted! hehhe ;-)… y bueno conociendome como me conoces, sabrás que no estoy siendo completamente sarcástica…. besos!

btw, me encanta tu blog…but for some reason it makes me incredibly hungry and cabin-feverish..I wonder why….

2 Pati { 08.30.10 at 6:12 pm }

I <3 Macarons!!! We haven't gotten some in a while!

3 Pending Items — byMeliC { 01.24.11 at 9:22 am }

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