A Brief History of the Macaron (and Where to Order Them Online)

A Brief History of the Macaron (and Where to Order Them Online)
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For the uninitiated, the macaron (not to be confused with the similarly named coconut-flavored treat, macaroon) is an elegant and airy meringue confection born in bakeries of Italy and perfected in the patisseries of Paris. It was originally a single-layered crumble until the 20th century, when a man named Pierre Desfontaines, the second cousin of Ernest Ladurée, decided to add cream and attach two macaron cookies together ... et voilà! The macaron was born.

The sweet treats have since been embraced by elite leading ladies onscreen (see: Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl and Marie Antoinette in Sofia Coppola’s 2006 film). Now, you can have them delivered right to your door from pastry shops across the globe.

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