A macaron (/ mah-kə-ROHN) is a French sweet meringue-based confection made with egg white, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food colouring. The macaron is commonly filled with ganache, buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two biscuits (cookies). The name is derived from the Italian word macarone, maccarone or maccherone, the Italian meringue.
A macaroon (mak-ə-ROON) is a type of small circular cake, typically made from ground almonds, coconut, and/or other nuts sometimes other ingredients such as honey, vanilla, spices, glace cherries or a chocolate coating. The name of the cake comes from the Italian maccarone or maccherone meaning "paste".
In reality, the word macaroon is simply the English translation of the French word macaron, so both pronunciations are technically correct depending on personal preference and context.
But, why all this talk about macarons and macaroons? Well, one of the new "In Colors" introduced by Stampin' Up in the 2015-2016 annual catalog is "Mint Macaron" and it has been the talk of the town! Even I was hesitant on its pronunciation, so I had to do my research.
So, either way you say it, maca-ROHN or maca-ROON, you'll be right and it's a beautiful new minty fresh color!