Macarons, they’re so good they must be bad


It's embarrassing yes - the sign "Parisian Macaroons" spells the name of this delicate French biscuit (of sorts) incorrectly. It's not macaroon (phonetically ma-ca-roon) it's macaron (phonetically ma-ca-raun). You won't believe how many people get the spelling and pronunciation wrong. Macaroons are in fact something completely different to these lovely macarons - see the photo on the Wikipedia article on macaroons.

Kerry-Anne bought a few of these lovelies when visiting Ladurée in Paris earlier this year - later to discover that Daniela's in the Cape Quarter sells macarons that (to me) taste exactly like the one's that she babied on the flight from Paris to South Africa!

If you haven't yet tasted one of these - visit Daniela's and spend R10 to buy one - you'll love 'em!

13 thoughts on “Macarons, they’re so good they must be bad

  1. Cristina

    Bev you are wright!!! I am Italian and maccheroni is written with 2 C. It comes natural to me !!….. But the french delight are colled Macarons.

  2. Paul

    Post author

    Thanks Ali – that link however appears to be a pic of Macaroons, not Macarons.

    Cristina, ah, I see – I wondered about the spelling. Kerry-Anne thought that one may spell it with two Cs in Italian… but, now I see – Maccheroni! :)

  3. Daniela Dotan

    Hi Paul, Thanks for your post! It’s a gorgeous photo and I’d love to order a print!

    I’m so pleased you enjoyed our delicate treats and thrilled that they compare to the authentic “Macarons de Paris”

    Ladurée, the house that invented the current cookie-sandwich phenomena, uses macaroon on their English site.

    My shop is meant for locals so I’ve adopted the english spelling too!

    Hope to see you soon!
    Daniela :)

  4. Paul

    Post author

    Daniela, it’s a pleasure. Thanks for your message and explanation.

    You’re right, they do! I’m gobsmacked – I believe Ladurée’s copywriters are in error though. I found this article that explains the difference and then this one that sites a pastry chef’s indignation at MasterChef judges who should have known the difference:

    “‘They are two different things and the judges should have known better,’ Zumbo said. He said a macaron is characterised by a dome-shaped biscuit made of egg whites and almond meal, hard to the touch with a chewy interior. A macaroon is a small meringue cake, typically made of coconut and often dipped in chocolate.”

    Nevertheless, spelling aside, yours are delightful. As I said, they’re every bit as good as the originals bought from Ladurée. And, oh, btw, your green and gold ones around the time of the World Cup – they were especially tasty!


    ps. Email me if you’d like a print. :)

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