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Doritos and Mountain Dew Macarons

That's right, I said it.  Doritos and Mountain Dew Macarons..

I made them..  twice.

I mean, I've seen Doritos Macarons before but I wanted to up the nerd factor (or.. stoner factor?) and add in a Mountain Dew filling.

I have a serious fondness for this combination.  Always have... in fact,  my going away gift from my coworkers when I was in my 20's was a giant bag of Doritos and a case of Mountain Dew.

I am 46 now so I really feel like I was a trend setter on this combo.  I know what's good.

Fun fact: Doritos and Mountain Dew is my go to when I have a headache that feels like it's going to split my head open.

Anyway, here is my original attempt:

The color was too orange.. and the filling was too.. splooshy and not enough Mountain Dew flavor

Here is my second attempt and I'm pretty sure this is the winner.

I posted this on Reddit and someone told me I should go to prison.

So, I think I nailed it.

You want to make your own?

Ok..look. I'm going to give you the recipe but I'm not going to go crazy explaining what "macaronage" is or how to fold etc...  there are plenty of great blogs out there that will help you do that.  Here is a great video on YouTube 

Here are two things you are going to need, though.  A coffee grinder and a slow cooker.

You are going to want a coffee grinder to really pulverize those Doritos.. and you will want to do it in stages.   Also, the Doritos are going to kind of clump up and separate into powdery corn bits and greasy corn bits.

You also will only need about 1/2 of the snack size bags that you will find at your grocery store check out.

I am going to suggest for maximum Dorito flavor, open the bag from the bottom and use those chips for your macarons.  I am pretty convinced that the seasoning falls to the bottom.

Mountain Dew reduction

You are also going to want to reduce a 20 oz bottle of Mountain Dew down to a syrup. 

I poured the Mountain Dew into my Instant Pot, kept the lid off and turned it on to my slow cooker setting.  I used the "Low" function so if you have a more traditional Crock Pot, you may want to use the lower setting.  I'm not sure, really.

This took about 3 hours to get down to a sticky, gooey syrup.

20 ounces is down to ..   a little under 4 ounces.

I ate some with a spoon. It was...  something else.

Doritos and Mountain Dew Macarons

Recipe by Pirate JeniCourse: Dessert, MacaronCuisine: FrenchDifficulty: Difficult


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  • For the Macarons
  • 100 g Almond Flour

  • 40 g ground Doritos

  • 126 g powdered sugar

  • 106 g egg whites, room temperature

  • 106 g granulated sugar

  • Americolor Gold Food Coloring

  • 20 oz bottle of regular Mountain Dew

  • For the Buttercream
  • 8 oz of butter, room temperature

  • 2 cups of powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • Americolor Electric Blue and Electric Yellow Food Coloring


  • For the Macarons
  • Put the almond flour, powdered sugar and the ground Doritos together in a food processor and pulse until they are combined.
  • Beat the egg whites using a whisk attachment on a stand miser on medium low until frothy.
  • Slowly add the sugar in a stream to the running mixer until incorporated.
  • Increase the speed of the mixer and whip until you are just under stiff peaks.
  • Add a drop or two of Americolor Gold and turn the mixer on briefly to color the meringue.
  • Place a sifter over the mixer bowl and sift in about ⅓ of the dry mix.
  • Fold in until just incorporated and then sift in the remainder of the dry mix. Discard and chunky bits left behind.
  • Continue to mix the batter until a lava like consistency and the mixture is just starting to get glossy.
  • Pipe onto baking sheets and bake for 20 minutes at 300 F
  • For the Buttercream
  • Reduce the Mountain Dew from 20 ounces to 4 ounces. Allow to cool
  • Beat the stick of butter with a paddle attachment or beaters until fully.
  • Add all of the Mountain Dew syrup and beat until incorporated.
  • Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until incorporated.
  • Beat in the lemon and lime juice and 3 or so drops of Electric Yellow and the teeniest bit of Electric blue that you can get in there.
  • Allow to firm up in the fridge a bit until it's a piping consistency.
  • Fill your macarons with the buttercream and allow to mature in the fridge overnight.

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