French macarons (all the rage in Paris) are becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. Almond cookie shells, crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, are filled with chocolate ganache or buttercream bursting with flavor.
Chocolate ganache is the favorite filling - milk chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, even white chocolate. Fruity buttercreams such as raspberry, strawberry, cherry, blueberry, mango, lemon and lime are all popular. For something different, try an unusual flavor like cinnamon, mohito, mint or coffee.
One of the best things about macarons is the ability to tint them to match any color scheme. From pale pastels to vivid bright colors, a macaron arrangement adds an immediate pop of color to any display.
Macarons can be built into conical towers of any height (example photo at left) or arranged on attractive serving platters. Clustering macaron displays with cakes, flowers and other pastries creates an especially eye catching dessert table. Two or three in a beribboned bag make a great favor for your guests to take home.