First off, let me start by saying I absolutely adore Macarons! And if you are confused, no I do not mean macaroons, you read that right, Macarons! So for those of you who aren’t familiar with the beauty and deliciousness of a macaron, read on for a brief explanation and history from Wikipedia..
“A macaron (/ˌmɑːkəˈroʊn/ mah-kə-rohn; French pronunciation: [makaʁɔ̃]) is a French sweet meringue-based confection made with egg white, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food colouring. The macaron is commonly filled with ganache, butter cream or jam filling sandwiched between two biscuits (cookies). The name is derived from the Italian word macarone, maccarone or maccherone, the Italian meringue.
The confection is characterized by smooth, squared top, ruffled circumference (referred to as the “foot” or “pied”), and a flat base. It is mildly moist and easily melts in the mouth. Macarons can be found in a wide variety of flavors that range from the traditional (raspberry, chocolate) to the new (foie gras, matcha).”
“Although the macaron is predominantly a French confection, there has been much debate about its origins. Larousse Gastronomique cites the macaron as being created in 1791 in a convent near Cormery. Some have traced its French debut back to the arrival of Catherine de’ Medici’s Italian pastry chefs whom she brought with her in 1533 upon marrying Henry II of France. In 1792, macarons began to gain fame when two Carmelite nuns, seeking asylum in Nancy during the French Revolution, baked and sold the macaron cookies in order to pay for their housing. These nuns became known as the “Macaron Sisters”. In these early stages, macarons were served without special flavors or fillings.
It was not until the 1830s that macarons began to be served two-by-two with the addition of jams, liqueurs, and spices. The macaron as it is known today, composed of two almond meringue discs filled with a layer of buttercream, jam, or ganache filling, was originally called the “Gerbet” or the “Paris macaron.” Pierre Desfontaines of the French pâtisserie Ladurée has sometimes been credited with its creation in the early part of the 20th century, but another baker, Claude Gerbet, also claims to have invented it.”
So now that you know what a macaron is and where they originated, I feel that you need to know where to get the very best! Please read on…
For those of you who are like me and live in the middle of nowhere, areas completely devoid of all necessities for those of good taste, like let’s say, the macaroon…you may be delighted to know that the New York based macaroon cafe, appropriately named Macaron Cafe, ships macarons…That is right, you read correctly! You can order from a wide variety of beautiful amazingly flavored macarons and have them shipped right to your middle of nowhere door! For me this is a revelation! Oh my gosh…
MacarOn Cafe was super amazing and sent me a 6 pack of macarons in THE most adorable box that I fully plan on reusing and when I opened them up, I was blown away. Beautiful food. Food Porn some might say 🙂 Whatever you say, it was a treat for the peepers! But that is nothing…after photographing those beauties, I got straight down to it…I ate those babies! So much for hanging on to the magic of having fresh beautiful macarons around the house, this girl hogged those babies down like they were my last meal…speaking of which, if I were to be granted the choice of my last meal, I think these macarons from MacarOn Cafe would be included. They were THAT good!
The MacarOn Cafe offers a wide variety of delicious flavors and I was sent the following : milk chocolate marshmallow, passion fruit & pistachio, which are their brand new flavors! Yum Yum!! If I had to choose a favorite, I think the Passion Fruit would be it…who knew that Passion Fruit could be so amazingly represented in a macaron?? PURE HEAVEN.
If you are interested in checking out their other flavors ( and I recommend that you do ), please check out their flavor list here : http://macaroncafe.com/macarons-flavors and let me know what looks good to YOU! I personally cannot wait to try their other flavors, especially the Honey Lavender! Mmm! I highly recommend checking out their entire page and taking in all that they have to offer…as well as paying them a visit if you are lucky enough to be near their physical location! I am super jazzed that I was given the opportunity to try these beauties out and can’t wait to get my macaron loving paws on some more!!
Curious about the ingredients? Check it out : Ingredients: almond flour, butter, sugar, white eggs, fresh fruits, fruit puree, heavy cream, cocoa, Pistachio, coconut, coffee, vanilla natural, Natural lavender emulsion, natural jasmine Emulsion, natural rosewater flavor, natural lychee flavor, Natural crème brulee flavor, nutella, natural cappuccino flavor, natural orange blossom flavor, peanut butter, honey, matcha green tea, salt, pumpkin mix, cinnamon, chestnut, sesame, food coloring FD & C.
MacarOn Cafe Fashion District:
161 West 36th street (between 7th Avenue and Broadway)
Saturday from 10 am-7pm
Closed on Sunday
MacarOn Café Madison:
44 East 59th Street between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue
Monday –Friday 7am-8pm
For holiday hours, please call the boutique: 212-486-2470