Today, 20th March, is Macaron Day. To celebrate, we look at the history of macarons and share some places around Australia where you can purchase macarons.
What is a macaron?
The macaron as we know it today is a sweet meringue-based confection of two identical pieces made with egg white, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond meal, and food colouring.
Did you know that the macaron is actually of Italian origin not French?
Macarons have been produced in the Venetian monasteries since the 8th century A.D.
Macarons only became a part of French culture when, during the Renaissance, French queen Catherine de’ Medici’s Italian pastry chefs made them for her when they travelled with her to France in 1533 when she married Henry II of France.
It was in 1792 when two Carmelite nuns in Nancy baked and sold macarons to pay for their housing that macarons were popularised. They became known as the Macaron Sisters.
However, macarons as we know them today didn’t come about until the 1930s. Previously they were sold as singular discs without the addition of jams, liqueurs, and spices.
Just who created the macaron that we know today is disputed. Pierre Desfontaines, of famous pâtisserie Ladurée, is often credited with the creation of the macaron in the early part of the 20th century. However, Claude Gerbet, another pâtissier, also claims to have invented the macaron.
WHERE TO FIND MACARONS FOR MACARON DAY?
Mulot’s hand make their macarons. A selection is always available in-store, and they can personalise macarons to order, too.
Prices start at $4.00 per piece, but the price is less when buying more than 20.
If you would like more details, please feel free to call Mulot’s on 8272 6499 or go into the store.
Sucre Patisserie sells macarons in boxes of 10 for $33.
Frenchies Patisserie have a regular range of flavours:
- peanut Butter,
- white Chocolate,
- salted Caramel and
They often have special flavours too.
Orders can be placed online www.frenchiespatisserie.com.au for next day pick up or delivery or visit them at their retail space at Rustys Market Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Jean-Pascal Patisserie make and sell macarons in the following flavours:
- pistachio and
They recommend pre-orders by phone on (03)-6228 4040
Choukette offers 6 flavours for their macarons:
- Strawberry and cream
- Salted butter caramel
Frencilicious sells macarons in three flavours:
- bleu (vanilla),
- blanc (speculoos) and
- rouge (chocolate)
These macarons which can be purchased by the dozen as a single flavour or mixed flavours for $32. They can custom make any flavour and colour upon request.
Macaron Day Special
I will offer 10% on macarons on the website with the code ‘WMC10″
Pre-orders should be made 48 hours prior unless arranged otherwise (email or call if you need them earlier)
Mille & B
Mille and B sell macarons in boxes of 6 ($15) or 16 ($35)
Their current flavours are:
- Sea Salt 56% Dark Choc
- Mandarin Dark Choc
- Mint Dark Choc
- Passionfruit Milk Choc
- Raspberry Milk Choc
Pre-orders can be placed on their website at www.milleandb.com.au/order-online or by calling them Tues-Sun 10am-4pm 0437826731.
Mosaic Patisserie specialises in macarons. They are available for both wholesale clients and also for to the clients.
For wholesale clients, Mosaic Patisserie has 2 sizes, 12 flavours and 3 assortments available. We ship macarons to all states.
Home delivered macarons!
Retail clients can order directly on their website for home delivery at https://www.mosaicpatisserie.com.au/blank-1 where they sell their “Paris assortment best off”.
It’s a pack of 10 pieces with 2 of each of their:
- Salted Caramel and
Next weekday delivery is available in Melbourne for orders placed before 1pm on their website.
Scents of Taste Patisserie
Scents of Taste Patisserie sell two types and sizes of Macarons:
Small Macarons wish are the classic ones made with Italian Meringue in 4 different flavours:
- Pistachio, and
- Salted Caramel
Large Macarons made with French Meringue in 3 different flavours:
- Chocolate, and
- Salted Caramel
Macaron Day Special
Scents of Taste will also bake some giant Raspberry macarons filled with a very light raspberry mousse for Macaron Day.
Usually they are sold out very quickly so they recommend you pre-order by calling them on 9272-6708 from 8am to 2pm.
Le Breton offers macarons in four flavours:
- Salted Caramel, and
Their macarons cost $2.80 each.
What’s your favourite macaron flavour? Happy Macaron Day!