6 Sweet Macaron Fun Facts

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 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.)
macarons v macaroons

#2: The original macarons didn’t contain filling. They were extremely simple cookies made of almond powder, sugar and egg whites.
Macaron Shells

#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.
Macaron Day

#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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