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Old 04-03-2015, 07:57 AM
 
Location: VT-> NY-> CT
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I love them but had to switch to almond macaroons after I developed a coconut allergy. Almond is good, but man, I miss coconut.
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Old 04-03-2015, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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I've never tried the colourful French macarons, mostly because they looked more like decoration. And they are very expensive in the bakeries for such a tiny little thing.

I love coconut macaroons, though...especially dipped or coated in dark chocolate like some kind of monstrous Mounds candy bar. Mmm mmm good. I first discovered them at a local coffee shop in Alameda, CA. The bottom was dipped in chocolate, and the top of the coconut was wonderfully toasted. A gluten-free bakery in Austin, TX sells them as well, but they are completely enrobed in chocolate and lack the toasted coconut. Still tasty, but could be better.

I looked up "almond macaroons" and found something Italian apparently exists:
Italian Almond Macaroon Recipe
This looks a lot like the chocolate dipped almond horns that Trader Joe's sells. Oh man. Before I went low carb, I would munch out on those things. So so good...

...now I'll have to add shredded coconut to my grocery shopping list and I'll have to find a keto-friendly coconut macaroon recipe! Oh, city-data, what have you done...

-T.
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Old 04-03-2015, 11:34 AM
 
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I am not a fan of coconut based dessert goods and didn't care for the coconut macaroons. It's funny as I love coconut milk/cream based drinks or savory dishes. But I dislike most coconut desserts, it tastes like sunscreen to me. And I love fresh coconut, grew up with tons of coconut trees and ate it growing up.

Only coconut dessert I like is rice pudding made with coconut milk instead of evaporated milk.
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Old 04-04-2015, 11:55 AM
 
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But I dislike most coconut desserts, it tastes like sunscreen to me.

Do you find lemon-flavored foods to taste like furniture polish?
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Old 04-04-2015, 03:14 PM
 
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Do you find lemon-flavored foods to taste like furniture polish?
No, thank goodness!
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Old 04-06-2015, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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French Macarons are AMAZING!
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:03 AM
 
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French Macarons are AMAZING!
Now if we are talking about macarons, they are delicious. Especially with Asian flavors.
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Old 03-01-2019, 03:09 PM
 
Location: First Hill, Seattle
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Now if we are talking about macarons, they are delicious. Especially with Asian flavors.
I know I’m reviving an old thread but I would love to hear more about the Asian flavors you’re referencing. I’m a bit of a specialist in French macarons. It took me a few months to bake them consistently well. I made a really nice passion fruit curd filling which my co-workers really liked. I don’t like them to be too sweet so I’m always trying to cut the sweetness with other flavors in the filling, like chocolate espresso ganache, citrus curds or buttercreams, salted caramels, etc. I once made a spicy ginger buttercream that turned out really well. But I’m always looking for new flavor profiles, because there are just endless possibilities with these cookies.
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Old 03-01-2019, 03:13 PM
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The actual ingredients used to make them are quite cheap. But they are sold at a very high markup.
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Old 03-01-2019, 03:16 PM
 
Location: First Hill, Seattle
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The actual ingredients used to make them are quite cheap. But they are sold at a very high markup.
Yeah - it’s because they simply cannot be mass-produced. They have to be made in small batches by someone experienced enough make them. They are very temperamental cookies to make, so many things can easily go wrong at almost every stage of the process. I still sometimes make batches that turn out horribly because of a very minor mistake like slightly over mixing the batter or not letting them rest long enough.

If you can master them - let me tell ya. You will be everybody’s best friend, lol.
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