Of course the macaron is the featured item in this shop, but don’t overlook the gelatos, the two pair well together.
What, exactly, is a macaron? First of all, it is easily confused with a macaroon, which is a cookie of a whole other color, literally. Macaroons are made of coconut, egg whites and sugar; they are very dense and chewy cookies. Macarons are made of almond flour, egg whites and sugar, and without the filling would be like eating a cloud. The macaron is a meringue cookie sandwich filled with buttercream, ganache, or fruit jam.
Le Macaron has all sorts of fantasy flavors of macarons: Basil White Chocolate, Earl Grey Milk Chocolate, Bubblegum, Baileys; and more moderate flavors: Mango, Raspberry, Salted Carmel, Rose. These charming little cookies are as delightful to look at as they are to eat. And to add to the allure, they are gluten-free.
To make sure you are ordering the proper cookie, go for the pronunciation: macaroon rhymes with baboon, macaron doesn’t rhyme with anything.
Macarons come in all the colors of the rainbow, whereas the macaroon is just brown, unless it’s dipped in chocolate and then it’s brown on brown, a fact you can remember by thinking of the color of a baboon. Clearly we have a favorite cookie here.
More good news! If you don’t buy enough of them when you are visiting, you can order them online and have them delivered.