You say macaroon, I say macaron

I saw the cutest wedding favors on designer Erin Jang’s website the other day – totally reminded me of some discussions my family was having over the holidays with what the difference was between these two yummy treats! For those of you that don’t know what the difference is, a macaron is a french cookie made of almond flour, sugar and egg whites. They are sandwiched together with a creamy filling that’s usually made from ganache, jam or buttercream. Macaroons on the other hand are a coconut-based cookie made of egg whites, sugar and shredded coconut. Well, turns out Marci + Ben (the couple these were created for) had a similar miscommunication in the beginning of their relationship. She loves macarons, he loves macaroons! They decided to incorporate this funny story into their wedding with these favors which included one macaron and one macaroon inside for each guest – adorable!

{photos by Cassidy DuHon}

Yep, they are quite different! Macarons on the left and macaroons on the right. I’m a huge fan of the macarons and even baked my first batch over the holidays thanks to this book . A bit time intensive, but totally worth it. Can’t wait to bake some more :)

{photo on left from the famous Laduree in France, right from cathydanh’s flickr }

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  1. these look absolutely heavenly!!!
    thx for sharing and happy new year!

  2. Eek! What an adorable story and idea!

  3. That is quite possibly the cutest favor ever!! And I also have that amazing macaron book, I totally gifted it to myself when I was Christmas shopping at Urban over the holidays :)

  4. Ooooh la la! We love both of these delectables at our house. Glad to see someone is educating the world… one wedding at a time:) Great idea!

  5. I hadn't even heard of macarons until recently (although I'm a big fan of macaroons). Now I've read about them on three blogs in the last 24 hours. Weird! Great favours though :o)

  6. lovvvee macarons! i tried making some and failed miserably!!

  7. How adorable!!! Yummm looks delicious, too.

  8. So cute! I love the french version… soooo yummy.

  9. i didn't realize there was a spelling difference between the two!! now i know i officially like macaroons. the French macarons are pretty, but not my thing.
    xoxo alison

  10. Oh thank you for explaining!

    I've always wondered what these yummy looking treats are! I love macaroons and someday, I'm gonna take a bite of these macarons too!

  11. Thanks for the lesson! Laduree macarons are simply divine, and so lovely for a wedding!

  12. so funny. a few years ago i was putting together a presentation for Sephora Paris and I was going to present a macaroon body souffle. now at that time i had never heard of macarons but after doing some research to try to find pictures for my presentation i discovered the french variety. i ended up changing the macaroon body souffle to a macaron body souffle since the thing macarooney (is that a word?) about it was the fragrance. it worked out perfectly :)

  13. the french version ROCK!
    I made some at one time, blogged it…they are harder to make than they look, lemme tell ya!

    just wanted to say what a lovely blog this is, Im enamoured.


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