My portmanteau name for Totoro macarons — macaron cookies in the shape of the title wood spirit in My Neighbor Totoro, the 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Totorons seem to have become a thing among inventive bakers:


(Joint hat tip to Elizabeth Daingerfield Zwicky and Kim Darnell.)

My 1/11/17 posting “Characters” has a section on Totoro, and my 5/30/13 posting “Portmanteau news” a section on macarons.

Then this site on baking edible art has a Totoron recipe involving almond-meringue macaron shells, dark chocolate ganache, and black sesame filling — not for novices.

On the same site, a link to a recipe for Totoro Black Sesame Chiffon Cake:


One Response to “Totorons”

  1. arnold zwicky Says:

    From Elizabeth and Kim, this Palo Alto Totoron:

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