Well, my article of 1/31/10 discussed the confusion often surrounding what is and isn’t a macaron and/or macaroon. However, I’m not surprised the great majority of my readers voted for the correct pairings of picture and cookie. Perhaps my clear teaching on the subject had a hand in it! Or, not.
So, this is how y’all voted. Your FINAL ballot results were as follows:
Q1: Which are the macaroon’s?
A Sample of Macaroon’s
- Bottom set of photos 13%
- Top set of photos 87% (Correct)
Q2: Which are the macaron’s?
The French Macaron’s from Arnaud Lahrer of France
- Bottom set of photos 93% (Correct)
- Top set of photos 7%
Therefore, my overall grading to y’all in identifying these two confections were: B+ for the macaroon, and A- for identifying the macaron. So, in the USA where the coconut based macaroon is more common than the French meringue based macaron, the colorful French macaron was actually more familiar to my readers! Now, that was a little bit surprising to me.
The coconut based macaroon can come in a small variety of flavors: chiefly chocolate, with nuts, or strawberry. Flavors for the macaron, on the other hand, seemingly are held back only by your imagination: chocolate, blueberry, pistachio, sea salt, hazelnut, vanilla, lemon, amande, boysenberry, rose, blackcurrant, mint, caramel, peanut butter, mango, praline, coffee, orange, apple, and even coconut, etc! I butter stop or I’m gonna have a macaron attack or cause a couple of particular peculiar readers to have one.
The best French macaron’s come from Paris, with the tea house Laudree which many consider the inventor of the macaron, and the pastry chef & patisserie Pierre Herme, arguably regarded as the very best. In our greater LA/SGV area, the macaron is not easy to find in dessert and bakery shoppe’s.
I enjoy eating both of these. A few can be very tasty but most are average at best. The macaroon I like. The macaron I love! Of course, food is very personal and my taste buds can be totally the opposite of yours.
Q: I’m curious. Have you eaten more macaroon’s, or more French macaron’s? And which do you prefer?
Gotta Run – edit later. It’s Supper Bowl Sunday: The Biggest & Badass Day for Eating out of a Bowl! Stay Thirsty My Friends!