It’s All About the “O”

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 | 6 comments

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Fervent Foodie is a contributing writer for the official Urbanspoon blog.

I have eaten both macaroons and macarons in my day, and though I’ve ordered both as maca-two-o’s-oons (despite their obvious disparities) not once has a server indicated that I was pronouncing the dainty dessert incorrectly. In fact, I believe they too pronounced the name wrong.  Both of these similarly named confections start with meringue:  egg whites and sugar whipped to glossy stiffness.  That’s where the cookies reach the fork in the road, or the spatula in the peaks, if you will:  the difference lies in the execution.

macaron vs macaroon

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6 Comments

  1. Hey fellow Charlottean! Great work here – keep it up (and the photos, especially!)

    I nominated you for a Liebster Award because you’re awesome.
    http://modernmouthful.com/2013/04/26/modern-mouthful-got-nominated-for-a-liebster-award/

    • Awww thank you! If you’re in town, we should do lunch!

  2. Great Article on Urbanspoon about the Macaroons but you forgot the best one. http://www.danasbakery.com/db/ — Ive never had a better one!

    • Thanks for the comment! I’ll have to add Dana’s to my to-try list!

  3. Thanks for writing this post to clear things up Mary. I have been pretty confused with the single “o” and double “o”s and thought they could be used inter-changeably!

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