Macaron Day returns Sunday to the Triangle

March 20 will be Macaron Day North Carolina.
March 20 will be Macaron Day North Carolina. N&O archives

A handful of Triangle bakeries will be celebrating Macaron Day North Carolina on Sunday.

Daniel Benjamin, owner of downtown Raleigh’s lucettegrace bakery, was inspired last year to create the event based on similar celebrations in Paris and New York. Benjamin and other Triangle bakers will mark the start of spring by donating a portion of all sales of macarons to charity.

Maracons are not those shredded coconut confections known as coconut macaroons; they are light airy sandwich cookies traditionally made with almond paste, sugar and egg whites.

Other participating bakeries and retailers include Escazu Artisan Chocolates and Raleigh Night Kitchen in Raleigh; La Farm Bakery in Cary; and Rose’s Meat Market & Sweet Shop and Guglhupf in Durham; French Broad Chocolates in Asheville; and Atelier on Trade in Winston-Salem.

Twenty-five percent of all macaron sales will be donated to several Meals on Wheels organizations across the state.

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