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The wonder of Macarons.

I know. We’re all meant to be detoxing. But today is the day when most of us are back at work. And you may require a little sugar hit, and a macaron provides just that!

It is rumored that King Louis XIV of France ate macarons at his wedding in 1660 after a pastry chef from the Basque country in France introduced them to him. The word macaron is derived from the Italian word, maccherone, meaning ‘fine dough’.

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It’s believed that the macaron cookie was born in Italy and brought over to France as early as 1533 by Catherine di Medici, a noblewoman from Florence who married the future King of France, Henri II. The first macarons were very simple cookies made of sugar, almond flour, and egg whites.

Over time, different regions in France adopted the recipe but the macaron as we know it today didn’t come about until the 1890s, at the Parisian confectioner La Maison Ladurée. Pierre Desfontaines, the second cousin to the founder of La Maison Ladurée, began sandwiching buttercream, jam, ganache, and compote between cookies. Ladurée remains one of the most popular spots for macarons in Paris – and around the world!

National Macaron Day, March 20, was founded in 2005 at La Maison Pierre Hermé, another Parisian confectioner with locations throughout the world.

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Biting into a macaron is an experience, as the paper-thin sparkling crust of a cookie gives way to the sweet assortment of flavors of the filling. Today, pastry chefs are experimenting with salty and savory versions of macarons (Thai curry or salmon and dill, anyone?). Our favourites are still the sweet variety.

So, if you need a little pick me up on a Monday- grab a macaron.


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