National Macaron Day

(I am overlooking the fact that today is the first day of Spring, and am focusing on the more-important-for-dessert-eating/excuses holiday: National Macaron Day.)

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Coffee and tea are vital parts of any morning, and it only makes sense that on this day they are consumed in macaron form. Macaron ice cream sandwiches from Milk:  Thai Tea and Coffee Toffee. Both so perfectly flavored, and with the exact right texture to the macaron: airy yet nougaty, like the best, chewiest bit of a brownie. The Thai Tea tastes like Thai Tea! The Coffee Toffee has hidden bits of Heath bar! (I also sampled the Banana Dulce de Leche as bananas are also a breakfast food, plus it was the counter guy’s favorite. Verdict? Wonderful and tastes like real bananas, not Laffy Taffy yellow.)

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Quick lesson: macaron vs. macaroon. They are not the same thing. Aside from looks and various ingredients, the thing to know is: macaron is pronounced mac-a-ron (like a guy named Ron, who is maybe running), and is made using almond powder or ground almonds. Macaroon in pronounced mac-a-roon (like crab rangoon), and is made using (unfortunately named but still delicious) desiccated coconut. Now you know and can confidently celebrate National Macaron Day!!!

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