In the last year and a half, I’ve noticed a certain French dessert gaining popularity in Seoul. What dessert?! Macarons. Macarons have been taking over Korea recently, with many stores popping up all over the city, making us all drool over all the Instagram pictures of the delicious treats.
Just to be clear, I am talking about Macarons, not Macaroons. A macaroon is a coconut based cookie that sometimes had the bottoms dipped in chocolate; a macaron is a meringue and almond flour based cookie with a crispy outer shell and a chewy center. They are most commonly eaten as a sandwich with various fillings. Macarons can have fillings made out of custards, jams, creams, ganaches, caramels, and even candies! But some are creative enough to use a combination of any two of these!
Now, let’s focus on the Macarons of Korea! Stores like Horizon 16, Dal Dal Macaron, and other small shops are popping up almost every day! Don’t you want to just eat your way through all of them?
Some unique fillings in Korea are Yuja (a citrus fruit), Condensed Milk, and Injeolmi (rice cake rolled in bean powder). Or even like the black one pictured here is Black Sesame flavored! This lady had the smart idea of buying several bags of macarons.
They are really good with ice cream. They are usually made of a scoop of ice cream sandwiched between larger Macaron shells like this Paris Baguette and BT21 collaboration that is Blueberry flavored.There’s also a Cookies and Cream one.
Even McDonald’s is getting in on the act these days with their Chocolate, Vanilla, Raspberry (all pictured) and Caramel! They covered all bases with their fillings: ganache, cream, and caramel.
Get one of your favorite characters like this cute Vanilla ice cream filled Ryan Macaron at Iksan Cafe. Iksan Cafe is one of my favorite places to grab macarons like this or their Melona flavored ones!
Your favorite foods like everyone’s favorite...pancakes! These are made with Maple Syrup and have a small surprise hidden inside the filling! Swipe through this user’s post below to see!
Or even from nature! Look at how adorable the Strawberry flavored clam one is, complete with an edible pearl! The Peach - Yogurt and the Raspberry with freeze dried Raspberry bits looks just as good.
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They are just as versatile as they are delicious! I mean it’s a Nutella Cream Cheese Macaron...on an edible stick! You can’t put too many things on a stick and it still look this amazing, but here you have it, another drool worthy dessert on a stick. That you can eat.
What flavors would you like to try while in Seoul?