UPDATED August 1st, 2016
Catherine De Medici is said to have brought the macaron to France when she married Henry II. True or not, the French have embraced these airy confections and made them synonymous with fine dining everywhere. There is a difference between French macarons and Italian macaroons. Macaroons chewy mounds of sweet coconut and almond paste. You can almost feel cavities eating into your teeth as you bite down. Macarons are equally sweet, but they are two meringue-like cookies held together by a rich filling.