Experience a mouthful of heaven with these elegant, light French pastries. The macaron, perfected in France, has a long history dating back centuries in Europe. Macarons look like small, round shells and are created from ground almonds and soft meringue. They are lightly crisp on the outside, smooth and creamy in the center, filled with ganache (chocolate), rich cream, home-made fruit jams or other quality ingredients. Not to be confused with macaroons, the more familiar, American coconut cookie, macarons have gained a new level of interest in France and around the world.