Info & History

Macaron 101

A macaron, also known as a French macaron, is a delicately constructed confection comprised of two meringue shells sandwiching a buttercream or ganache filling inside. (They are not to be confused with macaroons, the traditional sticky-sweet coconut mounds sometimes covered in chocolate.) Made properly in the French tradition, they can take up to 3 days to bake, with a complex series of stages that involve drying, baking, filling, and freezing to achieve exactly the sought-after consistency: the shells slightly crisp on the outside, chewy and soft on the inside, melded with the creamy filling and infused with delicate flavor.


History of Macaron Day

A true authentic French tradition, Macaron Day first started in Paris in 2005, created by French pastry chef Pierre Hermé (voted World’s Best Pastry Chef of 2016). Observed every year on March 20th, Macaron Day has spread globally and become an international tradition.

 Macaron Day NYC was founded in 2014 by French pastry Chef Francois PayardCities and bakeries all over the US are celebrating Macaron Day with their own city-wide events.   On this day each year, participating bakeries offer each customer a free macaron, and donate a percentage of all macaron sales to a local food charity. Customers may also make direct donation to the charity, which will be collected by the bakeries that day.  


Macaron Day Pgh

Founded in 2017 by Gaby et Jules, Macaron Day Pgh brings Pittsburgh’s finest bakeries and French macarons together in the fight to end hunger against hunger in our city.