The other day I discovered another site that adores macarons: MacTweets. It’s run by Jamie and Deeba, who are both adorable macaronivores. What is particularly fun about their site, is that they set a macaron challenge every month. Last month the challenge was to have something chocolate in it. Previously, it was something spicy. I could do that! I contacted them, excitedly. Can I join in, too? I’m not on Twitter, but is that ok? The fun was going to start.
THEN I saw the challenge. This one? I honestly think I stumbled on a difficult one! 😀
Here was their macaron challenge for May:
“….Put aside all of those elegant flavors, the sophistication and beauty of those little French treats and think junk food! Transform your macs into the perfect ballpark (or couch potato) snack food! Give it the old ballpark twist, salty or sweet, creamy, crispy or ice cold and here’s a Hip Hip Hooray for the old ball game….snack!”
My first reaction was to go for a buttery, caramely popcorn. That was perfect; but I discovered quickly that others had thought of this already with beautiful popcorn adorned macarons. I had to think of something else. Not easy, especially as we’re too tempted to dream up elegant flavours and go the sophisticated route with macarons. But JUNK FOOD? I am definitely not a junk food eater but one thing I could identify with is Coca-Cola. A chilled coke in the summer heat, watching your favourite match. Could I turn this into a macaron? Hm. This was certainly mad!
I made a start, flicking – perhaps a bit too wildly in places 😉 – dark food colouring to try a visual fizz. After making them, Antoine’s cousin had a brilliant idea: I could have used some space dust fizzy sweets to crumble on top (just discovered they’re called pops rocks dips here; even better some sucre pétillant). Merci, Manu – that’s a must for next time for a real fizzy sensation on the tongue! So, ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, I present you with my Coca-Cola Ballpark Snack Macarons for MacTweets:
The filling’s main ingredient is actually Coca-Cola. Hm. Not an easy one for the flavour. It needed a bit of a boost with extra flavourings. Coca-Cola extract is not something I have in my cupboards and so instead, I added a dash of caramel flavouring to concentrate the flavour.
Incidentally – if you just want the coca-cola “look” for your macarons, you could use blueberry curd as your filling (see guest recipe post for blueberry curd from BigFatBaker) for a different flavour.
Then I had some fun and sprayed them with Wilton red food colouring.
And since I’m a bit Mad About Macarons, I couldn’t resist doing a fun shot!
Happy summer games, mes amis!
Egg Yolk Recipe Series
Check out the latest recipe as part of the new series on using up your egg yolks. This week my guest is Kate from Diethood.com. She’s making us a Chocolate Crunchy Trifle with Egg Yolk Buttercream Frosting. Quick, there’s only one spoon on that plate!
Have an extra fun and fizzy week! 🙂