The history of the Macaron and why it makes the perfect gift.

When it comes to delicious classy bite sized desserts... it’s hard to look past a beautiful traditional French Macaron. 

The word Macaron is derived from the Italian word ‘Maccerone’, meaning fine dough. It is said that the early version of this beautiful dessert originated in Italy and were then brought to France in the early 1500’s. The first macarons were very simplistic by comparison to today’s Macaron made only of sugar, almond flour and egg whites.

It was in the 1900s that Pierre Desfontaines of Parisian pastry shop Laudurée decided to take two ‘macaron’ cookies and sandwich a smooth velvety ganache between them. It was this version that inspired the hundreds of flavours and styles of the dessert we now know and love.

The perfect macaron is described to possess a smooth, crisp shell and a moist, chewy interior. The ‘Feet’ of the Macaron are the tell-tale sign of it’s quality. These little ‘ruffles’ around the bottom edge of the shell should be small and unbroken.

Although there are now hundreds of filling flavours available, the filling of a good macaron should always be silky smooth on the tongue.

If you wish to gift a delivered dessert box of these delectable desserts... The Dessert Atelier have macarons available in most of our dessert boxes and as a selection in our magical macaron dessert box. All our dessert boxes have free next day contact free delivery options available*.

*Free delivery zone applies. Next business day (5pm cut off).