French macarons are a delicate, almond-flavored cookie that has been a favorite of the French for centuries. While they’re often thought to have been invented in Italy, they were first created in France in the 17th century by an Italian chef living in Paris.
Since then, these beautiful little cookies have become a symbol of French culture and cuisine. They’re an elegant dessert that is perfect for any occasion—from birthday parties to wedding receptions!
Macaron History 101
The history of french macarons is a rich and complex one, but it all boils down to one delicious treat.
The first recorded mention of the French macaron was in 1533, when it was served at the wedding of Catherine de Medicis and Henry II of France. They were something like the cake we know today, but made with almond flour instead of flour, egg whites instead of whole eggs, and honey instead of sugar.
Over the next few hundred years, french macarons became popular among royalty and nobility, including King Louis XIV who would stop by Ladurée every morning to pick up a dozen or so for his breakfast table. When Ladurée opened its doors as a bakery in Paris in 1862, they started making their own version using ground almonds instead of flour—which is still used today!
It wasn’t until the 1950s that French bakeries began selling ready-made versions of these little treats, but it wasn’t until recently that they became popular worldwide thanks to Instagram influencers and bloggers who promoted their homemade versions online!
Today there are plenty of gluten-free versions available as well (but they’re still not vegan because they’re made with eggs).
The Difference Between Macarons and Macaroons
Macaroons are similar to macarons in that they’re also made from coconut flakes, but they’re harder and crunchier than macarons. Macaroons are often sprinkled with nuts on top and dipped in chocolate.
Try Our Macarons at Yanni Bistro
If you’ve chosen to follow a gluten-free, you will be glad to know that our macarons at Yanni Bistro are a perfect choice. You can order in-store or conveniently via DoorDash 😊