...there was a miller, his wife and their son Arnaud. They lived a simple life in southern France, surrounded by lemon trees, raspberry bushes and a tall pistachio tree.
Little Arnaud was a cheerful and sharp child who filled hisparents with pride. Every day he helped his mother with the gardening and he loved watching her cooking and baking.
Soon he himself started experimenting with all the different ingredients their garden and their fields had to offer.
For Arnaud’s tenth birthday his mother planned a tower of meringue - little Arnaud’s favourite. She prepared all his favourite flavours - Lemon, Raspberry and Pistachio.
But on the morning of Arnaud’s birthday the meringue sitting right on top of the tower fell and shattered in half. She quickly spread some jam on each half of the broken meringue and put them back together. If only Arnaud wouldn’t realise!
Arnaud ate the top meringue. He was amazed by the sweet and fruity taste and none of the other meringue were as fruity and good as the first one! His mother told him about the “accident”.
Arnaud spent his days experimenting with different ingredients and flavours to find the perfect recipe.
After five years the result was close to perfection and he presented his work to his parents. they were delighted. Arnaud set out on his way to Paris, to bringing his great invention to the people.
In Paris, Arnaud opened a small shop, not far from the Eiffel Tower, baking and selling his fruity and sweet treats but it was almost one year until the first customer entered through his shop doors.
He was a short man who introduced himself as “Luís, King of Cozumel”, a small island in the Pacific Ocean. Never had he tasted anything as delicious as those macarons.
The king continued coming to Arnaud’s shop buying huge cartons of each flavour. Word spread and more and more customers followed.
Arnaud’s macarons soon had become famous across the country. he hired many patissiers to help him produce thousands of macarons.
When it was time for the king to return to his kingdom, he invited Arnaud to come and be the Royal Household’s head pastry chef. Arnaud accepted.
Soon after his arrival to the royal court, Arnaud was introduced to the Princess of Cozumel, the king’s daughter Maliya.
One night, when lying in bed, Arnaud heard the sound of an egg beater, whisking in one of his baking bowls. He was surprised to find Maliya in the kitchen. Before he realised it, he found himself next to her making macarons. Arnaud was impressed by her workmanship.
Maliya came to help Arnaud with his macaron producing every day and before long they had fallen deeply in love with each other. The King was delighted and soon after, they were married.
After six years in the kingdom of Cozumel, Arnaud and his princess returned to Paris. With the King’s help they opened up numerous stores around the world, offering everybody the chance to taste the wonderful goodness of the macarons.
Together with his wife he had discovered three more mouth-watering flavours – Chocolate, Vanilla and Coffee. And forever after, they baked together in the kitchen, as deeply in love as the first encounter.