A Macaron for the Year of the Horse

French confectionery meets Chinese New Year in MacarOn Café’s macaron, customized for the Year of the Horse in a crackly red shell with a horse motif and encasing homemade chestnut jam and matcha green tea. 

“The hint of fresh chestnut homemade jam lends just the right amount of sweetness and reminds us of the classic winter flavor found on the streets of New York and in various Asian countries,” said MacarOn Café’s masterchef Cécile Cannone. Cannone first moved to New York City seven years ago, in close proximity to Chinatown, and remembers well the festive occasions at this time of year.

The gluten-free treats are just one of many flavors masterminded by Cannone, from fragrant flower-based ones like jasmine, rose lychee, and orange blossom, to classics like pistachio and raspberry.

The Chinese New Year macaron can be bought in one of MacarOn Café’s three Midtown Manhattan stores or online (with a request in the notes section). www.macaroncafe.com