The French macaron is quite different from what Americans think of as macaroons. Not a thick chewy affair of coconut and sugar, the macaron is a delicate pair of ethereal meringue like cookies sandwiching a bit of buttercream. Flavoring options are myriad, as are the possible colors, which can look like gems when artfully presented.
It's a fru-fru snooty moonpie.
Well, in the land of the Double Stuf Oreo, let's kick it up a notch, shall we?
Behold, the chocoron.
A chocolate covered macaron, topped with a disk of colored white chocolate. This one is flavored with mango, but I'll admit that there's so much chocolate there I could barely taste it. But it's an inexpensive indulgence.
And it still looks like a gem.
At Patisserie Jungle Cafe, Houston, TX. $2.50