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Been wondering about this for quite a while now;
What is the difference between Macarons and Whoopie Pies?
Just found a blog post about this..

Macarons

  • French roots.
  • Special confections made with egg whites, icing sugar, ground almonds/almond flour/
    meal/powder, and sugar.
  • Come in a wide variety of colors and flavors., ranging from simple vanilla to complex savory and sweet flavors, such as caramel with salted butter and blackcurrant violet.
  • Decidedly time intensive and difficult to make.
  • Comprised of expensive ingredients which leave them with a pretty steep price tag.
  • Often spelled “Macaroons” or called “French Macaroons” in the US but not to be confused with Macaroons, which look quite different.

Whoopie Pies

  • Developed in New England.
  • Consist of two soft, cake-like cookies sandwiching delicious creamy frosting, originally made from leftover cake batter.
  • The most popular flavor is chocolate, but pumpkin whoopie pies have quite an online presence.
  • Easier to make (originally made from scraps) than Macarons, simpler in flavoring and style, and presented in typically more humble and homey settings.
  • Considered a Pennsylvania Amish tradition, as well as a popular traditional comfort food in Maine.
  • “According to Amish legend, when children would find these treats in their lunch bags, they would shout “Whoopie!””
  • Also known as gobs, black-and-white, bob, or “BFO” (aka Big Fat Oreo).

Yes, Macarons do look more exclusive than Whoopie Pies.
They both look tasty though – I want to try some!

But..

I’ve been looking for them all over the place – Can’t find them anywhere!
As the little geek I am, I googled that too. You can actually buy them online;
http://www.bougie.co.uk/onlineshop.html

Source of Information: http://www.harukosama.com/blog/?p=818
Image source 1: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2008/09/making-french-macarons/
Image source 2: http://www.ilovemygrub.com/news/2011/waitrose-launch-whoopie-pies

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