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July 01, 2014

Cookie Clutter

Text by Wyanet Vaz

The word ‘macaron’ is not an alternate pronunciation of ‘macaroon’. So if you thought you were being very Francaise, you were clearly failing at it. Verve solves this cookie confusion

Macarons look nothing like Macaroons. There is more than just an extra ‘O’ that makes these two cookies so different. Here, is the face-off you were looking for.

Macaron vs Macaroon

Macaron (Pronounced as mah-kah-rohn)

Macarons would claim a top spot in my version of The Sound of Music’s ‘My favourite things’. Think weight-less and charming, one that has the power to delude us into thinking that the artisanal sandwich-cookie is too light to withhold any kind of calorie. This delicate meringue is made with almond flour, egg whites, granulated and powdered sugar, and comes with decadent fillings of chocolate, butter cream and ganache. Macarons have found a permanent place at high-teas, dessert tables and my fridge. Any fancy occasion is deemed incomplete without this sugar rush.

In Mumbai, find them at:
Le 15 Patisserie, Marie Antoinette Patisserie, Theobroma, La Folie Patisserie, Yauatcha.

Macaroon (Pronounced as mah-kah-roon)

A macaroon is not as high-flying as its distant cousin – the macaron. Both are meringue-based and that is where the similarities end. Popular belief is that the macaroon hails from Scotland. But if the genesis is lost in time, we still know it’s made with egg-whites, sugar and coconut. If Bounty is what gives you a sugar high, you will approve of these crunchy-chewy treats. They don’t come in dazzling varieties, but you might just spot one with an ounce of jam on the top.

In Mumbai, find them at:
American Express Bakery, Gaylord, Candies.

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