History of Food

History of Food

Sunday, June 3, 2012

June 3 - National Egg Day and National Chocolate Macaroon Day

With June 3 being National Egg Day and National Chocolate Macaroon Day - the dilemma I am faced with is which direction does research go...do I discuss the history of the Egg or the history of Chocolate Macaroon.  If I had to choose which one I wanted to eat, the choice hands down would be the Chocolate Macaroon.  Then I thought - who doesn't know about the Egg?  No one really knows that history about the Chocolate Macaroon.  That settled it - the choice is the Chocolate Macaroon.

National Coconut Macaroon Day is a food holiday listed on some special-event calendars and websites, as well as food blogs. It falls on June 3, and is not an official holiday recognized by a major organization or by government. 

Macaroons are a  baked confection, small cake, or cookie, generally using egg white as the raising agent. Most macaroons also contain almonds, coconut, or both, in a crushed, ground, shredded, slivered, or powdered form. Their name derives from the Italian word “macaroni’’, which can mean “paste”. Macaroons are often light and airy, although some recipes create a more dense, heavy final product. Macaroons have been made for hundreds of years.  Macaroons have been made for hundreds of years. Macaroons probably originated in Italy, and became a popular treat in France - and in turn, cultures influenced by France. Macaroons are often eaten during the Jewish Passover, due to the lack of a leavening agent other than egg in most varieties.

Macaroon varieties are many and varied, since different recipes for the confection have arisen in different cultures and time frames. Some macaroons are similar to a crispy-crusted almond meringue cookie. This form of macaroon is considered to be the oldest and original form. Many modern recipes for macaroons create a softer, more chewy confection with coconut being the most dominant flavor and texture.

Chocolate macaroons are macaroons with cocoa or chocolate forming part of the recipe. Even among chocolate macaroons, there are a great number of different varieties. Many chocolate macaroon recipes result in sandwiched cookie filled with a chocolate cream or paste. Others include chocolate chips or a chocolate icing.

The origin of National Chocolate Macaroon Day is not clear. No organization or retailer has specifically endorsed the special day or documented its proposal. It is likely that this food holiday arose from blog posts or culinary websites, perhaps hoping to create unique daily content, or present a special recipe for every day of the year.  

National Chocolate Macaroon Day is a great opportunity to explore one of the exhaustive varieties of chocolate macaroon recipes. Food holidays such as this can be an enjoyable way to find an idea for a special treat to present at a get-together or when guests visit. Chocolate macaroons can also make a great gift, or something to eat on a special occasion. 

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