Meringues are desserts of Swiss and French cuisine. Merngues are made from beaten egg whites and sugar, often flavored with vanilla, almond or coconut extracts. Meringues are sweet, light and airy, often very soft and chewy. The recipe for meringues first appeared in a certain cookbook from 1692. This confection was most likely invented in the Swiss town of Meiringen, but was later improved by Italian and French cooks. Meringues can be eaten on their own, used as an ingredient for other desserts, or used simply for decoration.