Macarons Are The New Cupcake

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Cupcakes have been the dessert trend for the past few years but finally, for the sake of our waist line, macarons are now the new trend. Macarons are dainty cream-filled sandwich cookies. Although not necessarily “healthy” they are certainly lighter and contain fewer calories that cupcakes. One macaron has from 70-100 calories, while one cupcake has close to 400 calories. Probably due to the fact that they are about one fourth the size of a cupcake, BUT this is great because it helps us with portion control. One and done!


Macarons are not to be confused with their similar-name-sister-cookie, macaroons, which are coconut clusters with a crisp exterior and chewy texture. It’s confusing, but they are very different cookies- you won’t see a macaroon “wedding cake” in the near future. You might, however, see macaron wedding cakes, party favors, or an entire café dedicated to these French cookies pop up this year.macaron-wedding-cake

They are colorful and creative, allowing unique flavors such as lavender and vanilla bean or chocolate with orange ganache. They are extremely hard to make exactly right, and I think that’s where the fun and the competition comes into play. Just remember to limit yourself to one or two in moderation, and enjoy these fancy little treats. Bon appétit!



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