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    Macarons versus Macaroons

    I have a confession to make: I have never had a macaron…until this past Sunday! I FINALLY was able to try one these incredibly delicate yet amazingly rich French pastries and my life has been changed! I have seen many a blogger and friends post pictures of these cute, little sandwich-looking treats, but I’ve never had the chance to actually try one. 

    This past Sunday, a few girlfriends and I went downtown Toronto to this exquisite Parisian cafe called Colette Grand Cafe. I struggle to find the right words to properly describe just exactly how incredible it really was. From the outside, it doesn’t look like much as it’s underneath condo’s and beside a hotel, right across the street from a parking lot. But the minute you open that front door, you are whisked into Paris, or so it seems, where every single detail has been finessed into perfect order. I have never been in a restaurant like this before and let me tell you, I WILL be back! 

    If you are ever in the Toronto area, I would strongly encourage you to check this place out. They are open for lunch and dinner in their restaurant, but they also have a bakery side where they serve incredible lattes and the most exquisite French pastries, including the famous macaron. 

    Colette Grand Cafe MacaronsSo I HAD to try them! I had the vanilla, caramel buttercream and bitter chocolate. Let me tell you, they lived up to ALL the hype I’ve read about them and more! The way the shell crumbles as you take that first bite and then as you get to the buttercream filling, it turns into more of a nougat-like texture. So creamy and rich yet also light and soft. It’s like the perfect combination of textures as you eat!

    As we were all eating our macarons, we got into a discussion about whether they are called macarons (one o) or macaroons (two o’s). Even the staff at Colette all pronounced it differently, which made me want to do a little more investigating to figure out what on earth is the difference?

    This past summer, I planned my sister’s baby shower and many of the guests asked if they could help by bringing some sweets. So I made a list of all the various treats I’d like to have and then asked her friends for those specific ones. I asked one friend to bring macarons as I was so excited to try them and thought they would be the perfect fit for the shower. When they arrived, she had brought the coconut macaroons and said to me “Is this what you meant? I was so confused at the bakery!” And I responded ‘No, but that’s ok…these look fabulous too!” 

    So I’ve realized, I think perhaps there are MANY people in this world, who are confused by the difference between these two VERY different confections. So let’s break it down and settle it once and for all!

    Besides both cookies sounding similar, the only thing they truly have in common is that they are egg based. And that’s where the similarities end. The macaron, is a meringue based made egg whites, ground almonds flour, powdered and granulated sugar and then filled with buttercream, ganache or fruit filling. It has a super delicate shell that crumbles when bitten into and turns more into a chew, like I said above, nougat-like, once you really get into it. To add to the confusion, often times these are referred to as “French Macaroons”. The proper way to pronounce this style of French pastry is “mah-kah-rohn”, where the ending sounds like the name “Ron.”

    French Macarons

    Macaroons, however, are entirely different. You may be more familiar with these…I know I certainly ate them growing up. They are commonly referred to as Coconut Macaroons and as pictured below, are often dipped in chocolate. These are made with ground almonds, coconut, sugar and eggs. Similar ingredients, for sure. They are dropped into place with a star point on the top and much more dense and chewy than a macaron. These are pronounced “mah-kah-roon,” that sounds like “room” or “bloom” or “loon”.

    Chocolate Coconut Macaroon

    Well, there’s a little lesson in differentiating between macaron’s and macaroon’s! If you have never tried a classic French macaron, you MUST do that right away! I am ruined for life now and can’t wait to sink my teeth into another! Apparently they are VERY tricky to make, but that will be my next baking challenge! Here’s Martha Stewart’s recipe for French Macaron’s that I will be trying shortly! I’ll keep you posted on how they turn out!

    Have you ever tried to make macaron’s? How did they turn out? Any tips/tricks?

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  • Reply Janella Panchamsingh April 1, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I have tried both, I myself when they came out I was confused because I knew “macaroons to be the coconut/oatmeal sweet treats. However Macaron are so tasty, We should get together and make some!

    • Reply Christine April 1, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      Let’s do it girl! xox

  • Reply Bethany Magnie April 2, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Oh goodness. The French macaroons are so pretty and all over pinterest! I would love to try and make some too, the way you describe the texture sounds decadent!

    • Reply Christine April 2, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      So decadent!

  • Reply Laura @ Life with Baby Kicks April 2, 2015 at 8:58 am

    I love macaroons but never attempted to make them. I have a feeling it’s a bit like merguine though and it’s best to leave them in the oven to cool down once you switch it off.

    • Reply Christine April 2, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      Ya I think they will be tricky to make, but I’m up for the task!

  • Reply Megan April 2, 2015 at 8:59 am

    YES! Both kinds are super delicious! <3

    • Reply Christine April 2, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      Agreed! xox

  • Reply Margaret Anne April 2, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Thank you for clearing up the confusion!!! I actually didn’t know those delicious looking treats were actually called ‘macarons’ … not sure what I thought a macaron was though! Haha! I will be trying one next chance I get now – for sure 🙂

    • Reply Christine April 2, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      My pleasure Margaret! It will change your life a little bit! xox

  • Reply Taylor April 2, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I’ve never had a macaron…or a macaroon either! Maybe one day! 😀

    • Reply Christine April 2, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      Find a bakery and try them! You’ll thank me later! xox

  • Reply Brittany Bergman April 2, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Oh man, I’d never thought about how confusing that is! I’ve never had a “real” French macaron, but I’m really eager to try one. That little shop looks adorable and those flavors sound divine!

    • Reply Christine April 2, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      Oh girl, you must try one!! They are SO good!

  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors April 2, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Mmmm both are so yummy!! This post made me hungry!

    • Reply Christine April 2, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      Agreed…I could go for some now too!

  • Reply Lindsay April 2, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I have never had a macaroon either, mostly because I am allergic to coconut and never know if that stuff is in it!

    • Reply Christine April 2, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      Awe shucks! What a hard thing to be allergic to! It’s in so much! My son is allergic to eggs and nuts so that’s been tricky finding cookies and cakes he can have too.

  • Reply Loreann April 2, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    HAHA! I would have NEVER GUESSED there was a difference. Thanks for the informative post!


    • Reply Christine April 2, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      No problem! Enjoy!

  • Reply Yolanda Williams April 2, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Guess what I have never had one of those tastes treats myself. I will definitely give it a try. My younger brother had bad allergies. He was allergic nuts, wheat, eggs, and etc…But believe it or not last month he discover he is no longer allergic to eggs. So we celebrated. Since that was his lifelong dream. I guess when your not able to do something, its a big deal. 🙂

    • Reply Christine April 2, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      That’s incredible news that he’s no longer allergic! Now there’s a lifetime of making up for it! Enjoy! xox

  • Reply {Erica}EverythingMomandBaby April 8, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    love, love, love this post! It drives me crazy when people don’t pronounce macarons properly.

    • Reply Christine April 8, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      Haha! So funny! Well, hopefully there will be a few less people in the world who say it wrong now 😉 xox

  • Reply Elizabeth O. April 23, 2015 at 2:19 am

    These colorful yummy French treats look lovely. I want to try these too sometime soon.

    • Reply Christine April 23, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      They are SO delicious! Definitely worth a try Elizabeth! Thanks for stopping by! xox

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