We’re obsessed with macarons. Heck, who isn’t? From rose water to pistachio, the sinful confections come in limitless flavor options. And if you’re as passionate about these French meringue-based cookies as we are, you’ll love our 6 Sweet Macaron Fun Facts:
#1: The correct pronunciation is macaron (mah-kah-ROHN.) It’s not unusual for people to mistakenly call them macaroons (mah-kah-ROON.)
#2: The original macarons didn’t contain filling. They were extremely simple cookies made of almond powder, sugar and egg whites.
#3: The first macaron cookie was made in Italy, introduced by the chef of Catherine de Medicis in 1533. Not France, as many people believe.
#4: In the 20th century Pierre Desfontaines had the idea to fill them with creamy ganache and sandwich them. Soon macarons became the most popular cookies in France.
#5: March 20th marks NYC’s Macaron Day. Bakeries across the city indulge passersby with free macaron treats to celebrate the sweet confection.
#6: The average macaron has 70-100 calories. In comparison, the average muffin is 400 calories. That means you can afford to splurge on a few.
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