FREE Macarons in NYC? Definitely worth the calories

French macarons. Photo credit: Macaron Day NYC website.

Here’s a public service announcement for anyone living/working in NYC: TOMORROW, Wednesday, March 20 is Macaron Day, where participating bakeries like Francois Payard are offering customers a FREE macaron as long as you mention that you are there for Macaron Day NYC. For anyone who doesn’t know what a macaron is, 1) it’s unfortunate that you’ve never experienced the joy that these tiny treasures can bring but 2) Wednesday is the perfect opportunity to find out!

As described by the event’s website, a macaron is “a classic French cookie. The soft, crunchy, delicate shell is made from almond flour, sugar and egg whites, sandwiching a smooth layer of creamy ganache. ” I personally love the lightness of a macaron, and as someone who isn’t the biggest sweet tooth, macarons provide the perfect little amount of sweetness that make for a great cap on a meal or as a small afternoon treat. One macaron ranges around 70-100 calories, so just skip the milk and sugar in your coffee or a soda on Wednesday and enjoy the delight of getting something tasty for free.

Best of all, participating locations are donating a portion of proceeds made on macarons purchased to City Harvest. One of the charities I regularly donate to, City Harvest takes leftover food from restaurants and uses it to feed NYC’s homeless.

Check out Macaron Day 2013’s participating locations here¬†for your free macaron and support a great cause as well.