Dirty Truth Behind a Macaron

What is in a macaron and why are they so good? Let’s find out!

My lovely purchase. Flavors include chocolate, lime, strawberry, coffee, pistachio, and vanilla. Pistachio is ALWAYS the best!

In America, you may be used to seeing the term macaroon. However, a “macaroon” and a “macaron” are not the same thing. As a proponent of the underground movement called “No Macaron Left Behind”, I need to spread awareness on this issue that has plagued our society for decades. If you Google search this, and look under images, the wrong type of macaroon will show up. Ladies and gentlemen, I hate to break it to you, but Google is WRONG.

So what exactly is a “macaroon”? A “macaroon” is a coconut, creamy dessert that looks like this:

Macaroon

Whereas the “macaron” is a burger-like dessert that looks like this:

Macaron

What starts with “H” and ends with “Y”?

History! So where exactly does a “macaron” originate from? Well, it had its humble beginnings in France. Back during the French Revolution, many ladies sold macarons in order to support themselves. However, these macarons were not our modern-day pastries. Instead, they were a combination of grounded almonds, egg whites, and sugar. There were no fillings inside of it either. It was just 100% cookie. It wasn’t until the 1900s when a famous Parisian shop called Ladurée decided to take two cookies and fill them with a sweet ganache sauce. No longer was the macaron a plain cookie! It was now a fabulous, vibrant cookie with a light crust-like exterior made out of almond meringue, filled with a smooth layer of cream.

So how exactly do I make this macaron that you speak of?

Sure, friend, I would love to answer that question for you.

The famous macaron is a light confection made out of finely grounded almonds, egg whites, and sugar, which are all delicately blended together with love and care. You then bake these in the oven. Once the circular disks have been made, you spread a sweet ganache of your choice in the center. And voilà! There is your tiny cookie of happiness.

Too good to be true?

Well, yeah. Not so fast. I did the calculations, and one tiny macaron has anywhere between 75–100 calories. The bigger ones can have up to 300 calories! Sure 75–100 calories is not a lot, but that is only if you control your portions. Usually, people tend to eat several in one sitting since they are so tiny in size, so the calories tend to add up fast.

During the time in which I wrote this blog post, I have already consumed three macarons in the course of 15 minutes, which would probably be around 300 calories. I enjoyed every single bite, though, so no regrets.

Well, now what?

Now that I have enlightened you, I extend to you an invitation to join the “No Macaron Left Behind” movement. Membership in this cause is free and entirely up to you, but I would advise you to join. It is simple. Next time your friend texts you, “omg I just bought a box of macarOOns!!!” and it is coupled with an image of the burger-like macarons, it is your duty is to give them a stern eye and sit them down for “the talk”.

My friend, this issue is bigger than the macaron itself. It is about sheer ignorance. Ignorance is running rampant in our society. It is your duty to put an end to it.

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