Bob’s Burgers Macarons
Through seven burger-slinging seasons and counting, the Belcher family has won over the hearts of viewers everywhere. The lovable family of five finds maintains its popularity with an extremely loyal fanbase. It’s all too easy to route for Bob and Lisa as they struggle to simultaneously run a burger joint and keep up with their three rambunctious kids. The show finds its success not through the absurdity that many animated shows embrace, but rather with the undeniable relatability and hilariousness of a dysfunctional family. If you’ve never seen Bob’s Burgers, please go treat yourself to a healthy Netflix binge. Even if you “aren’t that into cartoons,” I guarantee you will crack a smile at Tina’s dance moves- at least once.
For those who already keep up with the Belcher’s, here are some facts you may not know about the show:
The Belcher’s were supposed to be cannibals
Yup, you’re reading that correctly. It’s hard to imagine such a lovable family in that dark of a light, but the show’s original concept featured a cannibalistic family running a burger joint as a front for their morbid secret. Although reminiscent of the classic Sweeney Todd, Fox was not in love with the idea when creator Loren Bouchard first pitched it. While the Bob’s Burgers we know today is much more wholesome, the cannibal idea still made an appearance in the show’s pilot episode, “Human Flesh.” In it, Louise spreads a rumor that the burgers served at the family’s joint are made of human remains. Fortunately, the rumor is false- but certainly just the beginning of Louise’s tricks.
Tina was originally a boy
When they first pitched the show, the eldest child of the Belcher family was actually a son named Daniel, voiced by comedian Dan Mintz. Similar to Tina on all fronts, Daniel was a socially awkward, sexually confused, and yet endearingly confident 13 year-old. In a last minute decision, the creators decided to switch out Daniel for Tina. When Dan Mintz got the call about the adjustment, he was afraid he’d been cut from the show. Instead, Bouchard informed Dan to voice Tina in his normal voice- which later brought to life Tina’s hilariously awkward noises.
Linda’s voice originated with a YouTube Comedian
The only actor on the show who doesn’t use his real voice is John Roberts, the voice of Linda Belcher. Creators brought Roberts onto the show specifically for his talent recreating a nasally, East coast mom whine- which originated from imitating his own mother. Through a series of comedy sketches on YouTube, John’s imitation of an over-the-top Jersey mom went viral. These videos caught the attention of Bouchard, who then invited Roberts to voice Linda.
Since macarons are inherently “burger” shaped, coming up with this dessert was almost too easy. Using royal icing, I piped the lettuce, tomato, and cheese onto wax paper first and let them dry completely. Once the macarons finished baked, I filled them with a chocolate buttercream burger patty along with the royal icing toppings. Although the burgers are cute in themselves, I wanted more of a deliberate nod to the Belcher’s themselves. Louise’s bunny ears provided the perfect solution. They were also piped and attached with royal icing.