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Friday
Feb262010

Mac Attack: Macarons at McDonalds in Paris

It may be the home of Le Big Mac, but this Mac Attack has nothing to do with burgers. It's macarons, friends, and for better or worse, if you go to Paris, you can get them at McDonalds. 

Does this mean Laduree and Pierre Herme are in trouble? Is the MacDo Macaron a sort of death knell for the fancy French cookie, a surefire sign that they have jumped the shark?

I can't say for sure as I didn't try them, but when I happened upon this case on my recent Paris trip I couldn't resist capturing the moment.

Photo taken at the McDonalds at the Louvre; it was also featured as the Serious Eats Photo of the Day!

Reader Comments (15)

Love your blog!
I saw (ánd tried) the McMacaron in Paris at les Champs-Elysées, and I'd have to say there were quite delicious. Not as good as Ladurees of course, but they weren't that bad at all ! :D

Greetings from the Netherlands

February 26 | Unregistered CommenterMonique van Loon

These look much yummier than a burger, in my opinion. There's hope for Paris yet.

February 26 | Unregistered CommenterSatpreet

My hub saw it in a McDo in Paris last weekend when he went in to try to get a balloon for our daughter.

February 26 | Unregistered CommenterThe Cooking Ninja

WTH!?! I love this!

February 26 | Unregistered Commenteralice

there is NO WAY i caould have spied these, and NOT try them!! Come on, just to see how they taste, haha!!

February 26 | Unregistered CommenterJoan

There's a McDonald's at the Louvre?? I guess I shouldn't be so surprised, and yet I am!

February 26 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

will power...wow!
mac @ mac...i guess i should not be surprised...
but a tradition is a tradition (meaning for me laduree!)

February 27 | Unregistered Commenterlinda

Wow. That's really fascinating.

February 27 | Unregistered CommenterChou

Wow! I wish they sold macarons at our McDonald's...

February 28 | Unregistered CommenterTracey

Macarons are also featured in the Wall Street Journal today: http://on.wsj.com/bl4yYX My name and the word macaron are printed together on the front page of the wall Street Journal. I think I can die happy now. Or at least maybe after one more macaron!

I tried the macarons from a McDonalds about 2 weeks ago (read about it here ) and then went to Pierre Hermé yesterday to do a little comparison. Believe me, you can tell the difference. The Hermé macarons are light and airy, with delicate, complex flavors, meant to be savored. The Micky D’s version—too sweet for my taste and a bit heavy. They are not bad per se, just in a different league all together. The Hermé macarons might be double the price (.90 vs 1.60 € a piece) but they are worth it.

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