NAPERVILLE, Ill. (WLS) — The French cookie known as a macaron has been a mainstay as a hostess gift for showers and special occasions for years. They also appear frequently at hotels in dessert displays. But, a lot of the wholesale business has dried up for one Naperville bakery, so they’ve shifted into retail mode. They now sell the delicacies to anyone who can drive to their production facility to pick them up.

A macaroon means lots of shredded coconut bound together with egg and baked into a mound.

A macaron is quite a bit different. The owners of a suburban bakery are devoting all of their expensive baking equipment to the production of the latter for retail customers now, since much of their wholesale business has dried up. They may look simple, but it takes a lot of effort to produce such a tiny cookie.

The kitchen still buzzes at A La Folie, hidden away in a South Naperville strip mall, because macarons are their primary focus.

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SOURCE ( Steve Dolinsky / ABC 7 Chicago )