Macarons are a meringue-based treat made with egg white, sugar, almonds, and food colouring with a ganache filling. Sold in classy boxes at shops like Ladurée and in chic coffee shops, macarons are a go-to when you’re feeling fancy. They’re one of our favourite desserts, so here are eight things you probably didn’t know about these sweet confections!
- They didn’t originate in France
Contrary to popular belief, macarons date back to 1533, Italy. When Italian noblewoman Catherine de’ Medici married Henry II of France, she brought her pastry chefs with her to France, who brought with them their macaron recipe. At the time, macarons were only produced as a single cookie, but over time, the French refined the recipe so that it became the two-part cookie, one-part filling treat we know and love today.
- They have something in common with pasta
The word macaron stems from the same origin of the word macaroni, both meaning “fine dough.”
- Ladurée Paris sells over 4,000,000 macarons per year!
Between the four Laudrée shops in Paris, they collectively sell 12,000 macarons per day, making that approximately 4.3 million per year!
- There’s a national celebration day
May 31st is National Macaron Day and it’s not too late to start planning the festivities for this year (our kits would be perfect 😉!).
- It’s the most popular dessert in France
Okay, you may have already known this one, but unsurprisingly, the macaron is the most widely sold sweet treat in in France, with double the following that its rivals the éclair and gateaux have.
- Macarons have less than 100 calories in them
The average macaron has between 70 and 100 calories. This may seem like a lot for such a tiny, airy treat, but put in perspective, one cupcake is usually as calorie dense as six macarons!
At Mon Dessert, we’re here to make it even easier to enjoy these great treats with friends or family.
We’ve got all sorts of perfect new macaron kits, take a look below:
- Raspberry and Rose macarons
- Salted Caramel macarons
- Lemon macarons
- Pistachio macarons
- Chocolate and Gold macaron gift tin
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Also, support of Veganuary, we’ve created a dedicated page on our website to showcase our yummy vegan desserts. Not only that, all our other kits can also be modified to a vegan diet by replacing a few simple ingredients! What's not to love?!
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Happy Dessert Making!
The Mon Dessert Team x
The vast majority of our kits can be adapted to a vegan diet using our recommended tweaks (aquafaba, flax eggs and plant alternatives to dairy).