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VIVE LA DIFFÉRENCE!

In France, the word ‘macaron’ covers a whole variety of regional sweets made of almonds, egg whites and sugar. The one known internationally – the colourful, dainty confection made of two smooth-textured, meringue-like macarons arranged in a hamburger shape with a layer of favoured ganache between them – is properly called a macaron parisien or macaron Gerbet, after one of its two supposed inventors, the 19th-century patissier Claude Gerbet. The coconut-favoured Anglo-American macaroon is actually known in French as a congolais.

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