French Macarons – Delight or Disaster?

Put French macarons on the table and you become instantly more stylish.

They are as beautiful as they are delicious—and they are as delicious as they are expensive.

Attraction, delight and financial disaster have never been so satisfying.





Macaron et café by johan_jonsson

The most appropriate place to order a set of macarons is the well-known Ladurée in Paris, the inventor of the modern macaron.

Macaron I by Louis Beche

That is the connoisseur-recommended location. The rest of the rabble can go to McDonalds or Starbucks, where macarons are half as expensive—only $1.25 each.
(Oh yes they did.)

Chocolate Chocolate Macaron at Starbucks by TheDeliciousLife

If macarons were as simple as affagatos, you could make them at home, conveniently avoiding the quality [Ladurée] vs. quantity [McDonalds] debate.

They aren’t very simple, though. {See introduction and tutorials}
Ambitious macaron-makers have blogged about their attempts with frustration and glory.

It’s doable, but difficult.

Matcha White Chocolate Macarons by jamieanne

Chocolate And Peanut Butter Macarons by jamieanne


If nothing else, you could get a Ladurée poster and hang it with panache in your kitchen.

You may lose the taste, but none of the class.



2 Responses

  1. magalerie

    January 26, 2011 3:08 am

    Hello Stephanie,
    Thanks a lot for featuring my macaron photo. :)
    I actually tried the Mc Donald’s macarons and I found them pretty expensive as they weren’t so good, compared to the Ladurée ones which I always find excellent. Anyway, the Mc Donald’s macarons weren’t so different than the ones you find in a lot of bakeries in Paris.
    But for me, I’d rather have just one vanilla (my favorite) macaron Ladurée than two or three average ones.
    Thanks for your post.
    I love Lucile’s drawings. 😉


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