National Macaron Day
It’s important to know the difference between a macaron and a macaroon before you start celebrating this day. What is the difference between a macaron or a macaroon?
This may seem obvious to some. It’s easy to get confused if they describe the same tasty baked treat and the words sound nearly the same. Almost…but not quite. Macaroon has one more letter ‘o’ but it makes all the difference.
Macaroons, also known as mack-a-RUNEs, are cookies whose main ingredient in coconut. These tiny treats are often golden or beige in color and have a rough surface that is sometimes covered in chocolate.
Macarons, also known as Mack-a-RONEs, are tiny sandwich cookies that contain almond flour. These cookies also contain egg whites and powdered Sugar, which give them their dreamy, fluffy texture. You can make the cookies in different flavors and colors. Then, fill them with buttercream, jam, or ganache.
This is what National Macaron Day all about!
The origins of macarons are thought to have been in monasteries in Italy, hence the name Macaroni. This was in the 8th century. Because they were not leavened, they could be eaten during Passover.
It is not clear how these sweet treats got to France. However, it could have been in the 16th century with Catherine de Medici (originally from Florence). Another story involves Carmelite nuns who sought asylum in France during the French Revolution. They paid for their housing with cookies and were known as the “Macaron sisters”.
The cookies were made from almond flour and egg yolks at this time, but they weren’t yet filled and assembled as sandwich cookies. It wasn’t until the 1930s that sandwich cookies with fillings or flavors were developed in France.
The trend was slower to become popular in the United States. The popularity of the tiny meringue sandwich cookie called the Parisian Macaron in the US was only apparent in the 2010s. This is the moment that the distinction between the macaron and the American-style coconut macoon became important.
In March 2010, Chef Francois Payard created the first National Macaron Day. It has grown in popularity, and many other bakeries have connected to it. Woops! Woops!
National Macaron Day is celebrated on the first day in spring. It also happens to be known as “Happiness Day”. These two days were planned by the founders because a beautiful stack of pastel rainbow macarons can go a long way in happiness.
National Macaron Day can be celebrated with great friends! Bring a group of friends to go to a bakery or bring treats to share with coworkers. It doesn’t matter how the day is celebrated; it will be memorable.
Macarons can be difficult to make for novice bakers. They are still very fun to make. It just takes patience. But most people believe it’s totally worth it!
The ingredients list is fairly straightforward: almond flour; egg whites; granulated sugar; powdered sugar; granulated sugar; salt; vanilla extract; and food coloring (if needed). You can make macarons in many different flavors, so you don’t have to use vanilla extract. A filling must be used, such as jam, buttercream frosting, or any other type of filling. These cookies are gluten-free! ).
Mix all ingredients together with specific whipping instructions for egg whites. To get the perfect shape, use a piping bag. The cookies should be allowed to rest for at least an hour before being baked. After cooling, they can be filled with filling. Although it can be tedious, the end result is well worth it.
These exotic macaron flavors are available in bakeries and patisseries around the globe, and they can be enjoyed with the standard strawberry, chocolate, and lemon flavors.
Participating bakeries in National Macaron Day may offer deeply discounted or even free treats. Treat yourself to a delicious treat during the celebration. Many of these macaron shops host fundraising events that support various charities. This makes it even more enjoyable to enjoy the delicious macarons.
If you own a bakery or shop that sells macarons and would like to host events or offer discounts, it is worth looking into hosting them. You can find online and printed resources on the National Macaron Day website for bakeries that wish to participate in the celebration. It also supports special charities.