World Foods: French Macarons

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Oh the wonderful macaron! As part of our World Food series, we felt we really needed to shine the light on macarons sooner, rather than later. 

So… what’s your name and where do you come from?

What’s interesting is though macarons are always associated with France, they were originally developed in Venice and date back to the 8th century! So technically we should call them ‘Italian Macarons’. Oh. The lies. 

However, macarons really kicked off during the French Revolution in 1972 when two nuns paid their housing costs off by baking and selling the little treats . The two women actually became known as the “macaron sisters” and they passed their recipe along in complete secret.

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In the original recipes macarons were firstly a small, flat, single almond cookie. There were no vibrant flavours, colours or even fillings! Boring or what?!

Then, in the early 1900s, a famous bakery in Paris called Ladurée adapted the recipe to serve alongside tea. Here is where inventive flavours and new combinations came into play and the macaron became the height of fashion. Other patisseries picked up on them pronto. Ladurée still sell macarons to this day and have a coveted flavour of the month which is based on the season.

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The original flavours, aside from almond include pistachio, chocolate, vanilla, lemon raspberry and blueberry.

You can pretty much get them in any flavour now. Other popular ones are salted caramel, rose, lavender and coconut. We’ve even seen some in bacon jam flavour!

The typical macaron must be delicate and airy. They are light and crunchy on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside.

The shell base is made from almond, sugar and egg whites. Two shells are then sandwiched together with a jam or ganache buttercream.

Macarons are one of the most fashionable foodstuffs in the world now and are often advertised in vogue and other fashion magazines. They are popular in Europe, America and are an emerging trend in Asia.

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The Verdict

Macarons are when haute fashion meet haute cuisine! They’re super trendy, with a wicked history, and make for a beautiful instagram photo. Their taste is totally unique and the list of flavours to try is pretty much never ending.

Where Can I Find Some?

If you’re looking for the real experience, head to a French style patisserie to find out exactly how they taste. But if you’re feeling experimental, how about giving them a go yourself? We have an easy macarons recipe that we made for Jenna Marbles and another as part of our eye candy series.

What’s your favourite flavour of macarons? Got any suggestions that would be awesome? Let us know!


At SORTEDfood, we do our best to recreate as many awesome recipes as we possibly can. With our global community at hand we’re always looking to expand our foodie knowledge, so if you are too, tag along! We’ll tell you how to find international foods, what they taste like and how they traditionally should be enjoyed.