Sweet Delight: Going Crazy for Macarons in Vancouver

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Dessert lovers rejoice! 2012 is shaping up to be the year of the macaron in Vancouver.  If you’re not exactly sure what a macaron is, don’t worry.  Try one once and you’ll never forget.

The exact origins of the macaron are a bit hazy.  Sometime in the early 1800s, Parisian pastry chefs got the bright idea of sandwiching delicate ganaches, jams and buttercreams between two of the lightest, puffiest cookies you could imagine, usually made of almond meringue.  Color is also extremely important.  Macarons tend to be tinted all different pastel shades: from lemony yellow to sky blue and even more vivid reds and greens.

The result is the perfect, bite-sized snack: a masterpiece to look at and even better to taste, light and crunchy on the outside, with a cakey and creamy centre.

Lucky for us, patisseries across the city have begun offering their own takes on the traditional macaron of late.  Here are a few options to satisfy your cravings (many thanks to a great article in the Vancouver Sun for highlighting these gems): Continue reading:
Sweet Delight: Going Crazy for Macarons in Vancouver