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Creative Cupcake Alternatives: Mighty Macaroons

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While it may not make any sense to us personally, not everyone likes cupcakes. After all, cupcakes have cupcake wrappers, cupcake toppers and cupcake decorations. They’re the girly snack of the dessert world. This shocking news crushed a few of our employees and sent a few into violent rage, okay well we’re just joking about the rage. But we understand that not everyone can fall deeply in love with cupcakes like we have.   However, we’re willing to consider the possibility that there are other treats that are just as delicious. To ease ourselves into the challenge we started with a small dessert: macarons.

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Also called macaroons, the two names do not mean the same thing. Traditional French bakers only refer to the sweet as macarons, derived from the Italian word “maccarone”. The sweet confection is made with whipped egg whites, sugar and almond powder. They can be prepared in a variety of flavors and filled with jams and creams. The shape of the treat is the most familiar: a smooth domed top and bottom with a complementary filling sandwiched in between.

We tried a few different flavors and were pleasantly surprised. The bite size dessert is a great way to bring new flavors to a dessert table. Pastel macaroons are incredibly popular and we can’t help but imagine a pastel dessert table with cupcakes, candies and macaroons. Especially with a few special cupcake wrappers, these would make a great dessert for spring.

Next on our list? We may be open to other trendy dessert ideas but cupcakes are still by far our favorite. Even macaroons would look good in a cute cupcake box and tied with a bow for a party favor. A cupcake favor box layered with brightly colored macaroons would be a nice surprise for a birthday party or hostess gift.