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Hey, does anyone know if the Pierre Herme giant macaron is still being presented in 2021? Also, does anyone know if it's a real or a plastic macaron? The author of this foodbeast article suggests that it's real, but I'm somewhat dubious. LOL, if for no reason than the lack of proper Japanese packaging...

https://www.foodbeast.com/news/first-place-prize-for-sumo-wrestlers-is-a-humongous-macaron/

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When Donald Trump gave Asanoyama the President's Cup in 2019, I was hoping some day the French President would give a basho winner the Macron Macaron.

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17 hours ago, rhyen said:

A macaron shaped pillow would be pretty humorous to sit on one's zabutan for a little sweet meditation, but a photo of a macaron on a pillow just won't do...

 

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At first glance I thought this was a thread about the French President.. Isn't the cookie called a a macaroon?

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5 minutes ago, Kintamayama said:

At first glance I thought this was a thread about the French President.. Isn't the cookie called a a macaroon?

It's not just the language difference.  A macaron is made from almond powder, and a macaroon is made from shaved coconut.

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10 minutes ago, Yamanashi said:

It's not just the language difference.  A macaron is made from almond powder, and a macaroon is made from shaved coconut.

Oh..

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Oh indeed!

I knew macaron and macaroons were two different things, and I knew about musk being used in the perfume industry, but I had no idea about it being used in food.

I'm actually intrigued now; what is the fascination with civet's arses? Almost makes me want to try Kopi Luwak...

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4 hours ago, Yamanashi said:

It's not just the language difference.  A macaron is made from almond powder, and a macaroon is made from shaved coconut.

Both is yummy, as long as it isn't used for mac'n'cheese.

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6 hours ago, Yamanashi said:

It's not just the language difference.  A macaron is made from almond powder, and a macaroon is made from shaved coconut.

Yeah, macaroons are way different. In the Netherlands, maybe to avoid ambiguity, they're called "kokosmakronen".

Also if they're real, I would expect there to be a video of a rikishi eating the whole macaron by now...

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5 hours ago, RabidJohn said:

I'm actually intrigued now; what is the fascination with civet's arses? Almost makes me want to try Kopi Luwak...

It's, er, well. Let's just say that some aroma is claimed to be had from the passage through said animal's digestive tract as well as the fact that the buggers are picky eaters. Frankly, it appears more to be a marketing gimmick than anything else.

Glad to be on the tea side of the caffeine fence; at least no tea I'm aware of is harvested that way...

EDIT: Wikiwalking has led to the discovery of insect and panda tea. I shouldn't have checked...

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9 hours ago, Seiyashi said:

Frankly, it appears more to be a marketing gimmick than anything else.

I had always assumed the same, but the fact that musk (from the same source) was used as a 'spice' in macaron recipes a couple of hundred years ago suggests it's more widespread than coffee marketing. Hence my intrigue.

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10 hours ago, RabidJohn said:

I had always assumed the same, but the fact that musk (from the same source) was used as a 'spice' in macaron recipes a couple of hundred years ago suggests it's more widespread than coffee marketing. Hence my intrigue.

I think the musk when diluted is pleasant enough, but it's questionable whether the coffee is imbued with any of that during the passage. YMMV here, I suspect, although it may be a case of the Emperor's new mawashi.

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On 18/12/2020 at 08:45, Kintamayama said:

At first glance I thought this was a thread about the French President.. Isn't the cookie called a a macaroon?

Macron is more famous here in France in the blooper with a misunderstood question about Maquereau (Bigfish...)

(Laughing...)

 

(Maquereau = Mackerel in english) (Bigfish...)

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I will sit through the trophy presentation bored out of my mind just to see the giant macaron.

Two things though: 'Guess The Colour Of The Giant Macaron' should be listed in Sumo Games and the giant macaron should have googly eyes because everything is better with googly eyes!

 

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On 18/12/2020 at 07:52, Yamanashi said:

It's not just the language difference.  A macaron is made from almond powder, and a macaroon is made from shaved coconut.

In the UK, macaroons are made of potato starch and sugar, with coconut just on top. I think because they were scarce during WWII

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9 hours ago, Karasukurai said:

I will sit through the trophy presentation bored out of my mind just to see the giant macaron.

Two things though: 'Guess The Colour Of The Giant Macaron' should be listed in Sumo Games and the giant macaron should have googly eyes because everything is better with googly eyes!

 

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It's not a "game", but...

 

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I'm of 2 minds over whether the giant macaron is real or not.  On the plus (REAL) side, 1) a writer at Tachiai claims the one awarded to Kisenosato was real and was eaten before the Yusho parade.  https://tachiai.org/2017/09/24/behold-the-giant-macaron-of-victory/  2) Magazine articles have stated that they are custom-made by acclaimed French pastry chef Pierre Herme. 

However, on the negative (NOT REAL) side, 1) it is carried across the dohyo by a Yobidashi using BARE HANDS.  2) You never see bits and pieces of it breaking off or any crumbs.  I think it would be put on a platter if it were real so the normal and expected crumbs wouldn't fall on the dohyo and attract ants or get stuck on people's feet.  3) In addition, I've been told that the same acclaimed French pastry chef, Pierre Herme, actually makes a huge batch of normal-size macarons and sends it to the Yusho winner at his heya.  (Hakuho received a box of these after he won a Yusho).  5)  Most tellingly, fairly recently, the Yobidashi who was carrying the giant macaron stumbled while climbing down off the dohyo and dropped the macaron.  I couldn't see if the macaron hit the floor or if it was caught in time but from what I could see, it wasn't damaged in the least.  I thought that there would be at least some crumbs.

I think there is a third possibility!  I think it is indeed custom-made by Pierre Herme, BUT it is not edible and is made with ingredients that will hold it together.  Many years ago, I made a meringue, the "hard" kind, which I had made many times before.  I accidentally used a wrong ingredient (can't remember if it was baking soda or baking powder) and it came out of the oven looking exactly the same, but it was harder and not as crumbly.  It tasted horrible, however.  If indeed the giant macaron WAS eaten before Kisenosato's Yusho parade, then those who ate it must have been so tired of their diet of Chanko that they would eat anything!

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I've seen photos of the boxes of macaron delivered to the winner's heya. They're real, but the giant macaron is just a quirky 'placeholder' in keeping with all the other outsize trophies; the huge cup and saucer, for example.

I've no doubt it's inedible, and I greatly doubt any cooking was involved in it's production. Coloured, expanded polymer foams (polystyrene maybe) extruded into moulds is my guess. Commissioned by Pierre Herme, but not made in his kitchen.

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