Cities world wide are celebrating the macaron.
The history of the macaron is often debated. France lays territorial claims to the macaron that was originally created by monks. Others think the macaron came to France with the arrival of Catherine de'Medici's Italian pastry chefs whom she brought with her in 1533, upon marrying Henry II of France.
In the 1930s, Laduree, a pastry shop, offered the macaron to the fine society madams in their Tea Salon. It was Laduree's grandson Pierre Desfontaine who had the original idea of the double-decker, sticking two macaron shells together with a creamy ganache as filling.
The macaron is notoriously famous for being very complicated to make and is considered an art form. It is made of two round airy meringue-like shells and held together with a sweet filling. It's usually a little bigger than a Toonie in size. Definitely not something you inhale but meant to be savoured and enjoyed.
This holiday, Jour du Macaron, was created by the Yoda of the modern macaron, Pierre Hermé.
A portion of all the day’s macaron sales generated in association with the promotion will be donated to various charities: Red Door Family Shelter in Toronto, Autism without Borders in Vancouver, City Harvest in NYC, Virlanie Foundation in Manila.