The history of the macaron

Time for foodies and goodies

Time for foodies and goodies

Sweet, colored and it tastes heavenly. I think we all know what I’m talking about…macarons! I’m crazy about them and I’ve tried them almost everywhere in Paris. It’s so cool to experience all those little artworks at different bakeries or at the famous pastry stores. The Parisians sure know how to make great combinations and how to take care of a big variety. I’ve had lots of crazy flavors. They got olive, lavender, cheese, pistachio, chili, honey…I can go on for hours but I think you got my point ;)

I’ve once wrote a post about Ladurée, a famous pastry store in Paris. They invented the French macaron we eat today. A fun fact is that the beginning of the macaron starts in Italy. Yeah, I was a bit shocked too, but the meringue-based pastry is named after the Italian word for pasta ‘Maccarone’. The Italian monasteries made ​​biscuits ​​from a mixture of ground almonds with sugar and protein, similar to our macaroons. Catherine di Medici (Queen of France from 1547 to 1559) introduced this cake in France. It was mentioned there Maccherone. After many, many years, the French bakery Ladurée in Paris got the idea to combine two macarons with a filling, and that my dear followers, was the beginning of the macaron we know today. 

The macaron is so popular in French that they got their own special day, ‘Le Jour du Macaron’. I haven’t experienced it myself, but it’s on my bucket list. The proceeds of all the macarons go to a good charity. During ‘Le Jour du Macaron’ there are different routes trough Paris to pass unique locations where you can taste some good macarons!

Note: A delicious recipe of my own macarons (and many other fun recipes) can soon be found on the new website www.worldofparis.com. 

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3 thoughts on “The history of the macaron

  1. Im a crazy fan of macarons and I didnt know the story! Thank you for thinking of posting about it. I would love to go for this Macaron Day, when is it?? And as for recipes, Ive tried so much but always fail :/ so I kind of gave up for a while! One day I get it hahaha :)

    • I know the struggle, macarons are so difficult to bake! Le Jour du Macaron was this year on the 20th of March.. I don’t know the date for next year, but it’s mostly around the same date ;)

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