Easy Homemade Marzipan Candy with Chocolate (German Recipe) (2024)

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Treat yourself and others to these homemade marzipan sweets. Marzipan Pralinen (as we call them in Germany) are confectionery delights made from chocolate-covered marzipan. Each of them hides a delicious flavourful surprise inside. Whether walnut, caramelized hazelnut, or orange flavor, this simple marzipan candy recipe is easy to adapt to your taste.

These marzipan-filled chocolates are not only a premium treat but also a perfect homemade gift for Christmas, Easter, or Valentine's Day!

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What is Marzipan Candy

Marzipan candy are almond confectionary that is made from a paste called marzipan (a mixture of ground almonds (affiliate link), sugar, and flavorings). They come in different forms, from figurine shapes (carrots, good luck pigs, or potatoes) to marzipan-filled chocolates.

About German Marzipan Candy

The German marzipan candy culture dates back to the Middle Ages. Previously only reserved for the rich, these artisan almond treats are still synonymous with decadence and festive occasions.

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History and Origin

The town in Germany that made German marzipan famous is Lübeck. According to a popular legend, marzipan was invented there in 1407. The town's grain reserves were depleted, so the administration requested that a baker should bake bread made from almonds and sugar. So he made "marzipan bread" (which would be the first marzipan praline). The story is not very credible, as sugar at the time was very expensive.

Today it is accepted that marzipan was brought over from the Middle East, and was brought to Europe by the Arabs, probably via Spain. [Source: Wikipedia]

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Lübecker Marzipan is renown all over the world. The marzipan manufacturer Niederegger is known to produce one of the premium marzipan confections, but there are also other marzipan firms such as Erasmi & Carstens, Lubeca, and Johannes Heinr. Marten, Marzipanland G, Mest-Marzipanand Lubs. The marzipan from Lübeck is protected and the only marzipan made in that region can call itself "Lübecker Marzipan".

In Germany, there are many ways we use marzipan. We put it into our famous Christmas cak, Stollen, or knead it into the dough of our Marzipan cookies or famous Frankfurter Bethmännchen. We also color them and shape them into marzipan carrots for our Rüblikuchen (Swiss Carrot Cake), or little marzipan pigs for New Year's Day.

How to make Marzipan Candy

Homemade vs storebought marzipan

The advantage of making your own marzipan is that you can control the sweetness, also you can be sure it is free from artificial preservatives. You can also adjust the flavoring to your personal preference. When I have been looking at the ingredients of marzipan paste that you can buy abroad, I found that the almond-to-sugar ratio is different from the German one. For example, marzipan from the UK contains a lot more sugar.

My homemade marzipan version has a ratio of 66% almonds and 34% sugar. However, for these marzipan confections, you can use my homemade marzipan recipe if you want, or store-bought marzipan.

What equipment do you need?

  • a small bowl to melt the chocolate in
  • a fork (so you can dip the chocolate praline into the chocolate)
  • frying pan to caramelize the nuts
  • food processor - if you need to grind the nuts or if you are looking to make your marzipan
  • Silicon chocolate molds (optional)

Ingredients:

If you are planning to make homemade marzipan

  • Ground almonds (affiliate link) - you could also use almond flour or almond meal, but be aware that these are a lot drier.
  • icing sugar/confectioner's sugar
  • flavorings - almond extract (affiliate link), vanilla extract (affiliate link), and rosewater (affiliate link).

Base ingredients:

  • Marzipan Almond Paste (Marzipan Rohmasse) - you can use my recipe to make it yourself
  • icing sugar/confectioner's sugar
  • chocolate - use high-quality chocolate Dark chocolate contrasts nicely with the sweet marzipan, white chocolate has a more milky flavor and milk chocolate is a little creamier.

Preparing the marzipan filling

Walnut Marzipan Pralines

  • walnuts
  • about 10 walnut halves for decorating
  • Amaretto (affiliate link) or any other almond liqueur (you can also use almond extract (affiliate link))

Recipe Steps:

Place the walnuts in a food processor and roughly chop them. Then knead the sugar with the marzipan, amaretto (affiliate link) (or almond extract (affiliate link)) to a smooth dough.

Hazelnut Marzipan Chocolates

  • hazelnut
  • butter
  • icing sugar/confectioner's sugar
  1. Start by caramelizing the hazelnuts: heat a saucepan until the sugar and butter have melted while stirring continuously.
  2. Add the nuts. Stir to coat the nuts with the butter-sugar emulsion.
  3. Spread the nuts on some baking paper and leave to cool. Once it is cooled you can break it into little pieces with a rolling pin (affiliate link), or grind in a food processor.
  4. Knead the caramelized nuts, sugar, and marzipan into a smooth dough.

Orange Chocolate Marzipan Candy

  • a whole orange (needs to be an untreated orange so you can consume the skin. This typically means an organic orange.)
  • orange liqueur (affiliate link) (such as Grand Manier), orange blossom water, or orange juice
  1. Finely grate the zest of the orange. You need about 2 tsp.
  2. Then knead it into the marzipan and add 1-2 teaspoon orange liqueur (affiliate link) or orange blossom water. Alternatively, you can use some of the freshly pressed orange juice.

Shape the Candy

Option 1: To make marzipan truffles without a chocolate mold

  1. Shape the marzipan into a rectangle or square. It should have a height of approximately 1 cm. Then, with a sharp knife, slice them into equal cubes. Alternatively, divide the marzipan dough into equal portions and roll into balls.
  2. Using a fork, dip them into the melted chocolate. You can decorate them, place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, and wait for the chocolate to dry.

Option 2: Make Marzipan candy using a chocolate mold.

1. Pour chocolate into the bottom of the marzipan mold. Ensure that the sides are also covered. Shake the mold gently to allow air bubbles to escape, otherwise, you might end up with holes in the chocolate. Leave to set.

2. In the meantime, divide the marzipan dough into equal parts, the exact size depends on the size of your chocolate molds. Then press them into the molds when the chocolate has set. Finally, cover the bottom of the pralines with melted chocolate. Once they have cooled you can just pop them out of the mould.

3. To decorate them you can stick either the walnuts half, some leftover caramelized hazelnut, or candied orange peel on the top by brushing the top with some melted chocolate.

Recipe variations

There is no limit to the different flavors you can create. Also, a little food coloring turns these sophisticated homemade truffles into colorful treats. Here are some suggestions

  • Knead into the dough some dried apricots.
  • flavor the marzipan with a pinch of cinnamon
  • mix some peanut butter or some almond butter with the marzipan
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Storage Instructions

These luxury almond sweets will stay good in the fridge for up to 4 weeks. So they are great to make ahead and gift later. Keep them in an airtight container. Or cellophane bags are a pretty way to pack them as a gift.

Recipe

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Easy Homemade Marzipan Candy with Chocolate (German Recipe)

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Treat yourself and others to some of these homemade marzipan sweets.These are marzipan filled chocolates. Whether walnut, caramelized hazelnut, or orange flavor you will find one you love.

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Course Dessert

Cuisine German

Servings 60 pralines

Equipment

  • 1 small bowl to melt the chocolate in

  • 1 fork to dip the candy into chocolate

  • 1 frying pan to caramelise the nuts

  • 1 food processor to grind the nuts

  • 1 chocolate moulds optional - see recipe below

Ingredients

Walnut Marzipan Pralines

  • 50 g walnuts
  • 200 g marzipan
  • 100 g confectioner's sugar
  • 20 walnut halves for decorating
  • 2 teaspoon amaretto (affiliate link) or any other almond liqueur. You can also just almond extract (affiliate link) for a non-alcoholic version.

Hazelnut Marzipan Chocolates

  • 50 gr chopped hazelnuts (affiliate link)
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 60 g sugar
  • 200 g marzipan
  • 100 g confectioner's sugar

Orange Chocolate Marzipan

  • 1 orange (needs to be untreated, i.e. organic, so you can consume the skin)
  • 2 teaspoon orange liquer can be substituted with orange blossom water or orange juice.

Instructions

Walnut Marzipan Pralines

  • Place the walnuts in a food processor and roughly chop them.

  • Then knead the sugar with the marzipan,amaretto(affiliate link)(oralmond extract(affiliate link)) to a smooth dough.

Hazelnut Marzipan Chocolates

  • Start by caramelizing the hazelnuts: heat a saucepan until the sugar and butter have melted while stirring continuously

  • Add the nuts. Stir to coat the chopped nuts with the butter-sugar emulsion.

  • Spread the nuts on some baking paper and leave to cool. Once it is cooled you can break it into little pieces with arolling pin(affiliate link), or grind in a food processor.

  • Knead the caramelized nuts, confectioner's sugar, and marzipan into a smooth dough.

Orange Chocolate Marzipan Candy

  • Finely grate the zest of the orange. You need about 2 tsp.

  • Then knead it into the marzipan and add 1-2 teaspoonorange liqueur (affiliate link)or orange blossom water. Alternatively, you can use some of the freshly pressed orange juice.

Melt the chocolate

  • Pour the water into the pan and heat it. In the meantime, break the chocolate into little pieces.

  • As soon as the water begins to steam, place the bowl in the pan and melt the chocolate, stirring constantly. Caution: the water should not boil, else there is a risk that it will bubble up and make the chocolate wet

Shape the Candy without a chocolate mould

  • Shape the marzipan dough into a rectangle or square. It should have a height of approximately, 1 cm. With a sharp knife, slice them into equal sized cubes. Alternatively, divide the marzipan dough into equal portions and roll into balls.

  • Using a fork, dip them into the melted chocolate. You can decorate them, but first place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and wait for the chocolate to dry.

Shape the Candy with chocolate moulds

  • Pour chocolate into the bottom of the marzipan mold. Ensure that the sides are also covered. Shake the mold briefly to allow air bubbles to escape, otherwise, you might end up with holes in the chocolate. Leave to set.

  • In the meantime, divide the marzipan dough into equal parts, the exact size depends on the size of your chocolate molds. Then press them into the molds when the chocolate has set. Finally, cover the bottom of the pralines with melted chocolate. Once they have cooled you can just pop them out of the mould.

  • To decorate them you can stick, either the walnuts half, some leftover caramelized hazelnut, or candied orange peel on the top by brushing the top with some melted chocolate.

Keyword marzipan candy, marzipan truffels

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Easy Homemade Marzipan Candy with Chocolate (German Recipe) (2024)

FAQs

What is marzipan German candy? ›

German marzipan is made by grinding whole almonds with sugar and partially drying the paste, and French marzipan (called 'massepain') is made by combining ground almonds with sugar syrup. Some marzipan is flavoured with rosewater. Spanish marzipan is made without bitter almonds.

Does marzipan come from Germany? ›

Although it is believed to have originated in Persia (present-day Iran) and to have been introduced to Europe through the Turks, there is some dispute between Hungary and Italy over its origin. Marzipan became a specialty of the Baltic Sea region of Germany.

How long does chocolate marzipan last? ›

Store marzipan wrapped in plastic wrap or waxed paper, refrigerated for up to 2 weeks, or frozen for up to 6 months. To assemble truffles: Using low, controlled heat, melt the chocolate in a double-boiler, stirring frequently to ensure it melts evenly.

What is marzipan chocolate? ›

In essence, it's a sweet paste that consists of ground almonds or almond paste, sugar, water, and occasionally eggs. You can use it to ice cakes, cover it in chocolate or sculpt it into intricate cake decorations that will really make your baked goods stand out.

What is the most famous candy in Germany? ›

Haribo. Perhaps one of the most famous German candy offerings is Haribo.

What is the difference between French marzipan and German marzipan? ›

The German variety is a mixture of almonds and sugar ground coarse and heated until dry, and, after cooling, glucose and icing sugar are added. French marzipan is not cooked, but sugar is boiled with water and added to the almonds to render a finer, more delicate texture and whiter colour.

What is the best marzipan in Germany? ›

Niederegger is known to produce the world's highest quality marzipan. This confectionary treat made with finely ground almonds, and mixed with natural sugar and rose water, has been popular around the world for over thousand years.

Which German city is famous for marzipan? ›

Lübeck Marzipan (German: Lübecker Marzipan) refers to marzipan originating from the city of Lübeck in northern Germany and has been protected by an EU Council Directive as a “Protected Geographical Indication” (PGI) since 1996.

What is the difference between almond paste and marzipan? ›

Almond paste has twice the amount of almonds in it compared to marzipan, making it coarser in texture and less sweet than its counterpart. Their consistency also differs as marzipan is smooth and pliable, almost clay-like, while almond paste is somewhat gritty and spreadable, almost like a cookie dough.

Does marzipan candy go bad? ›

As long as it is kept cool or refrigerated, marzipan has a long life, months at least. At warm or room temperature the almond content will slowly oxidise and develop off flavours.

Can you eat old marzipan? ›

To make the most out of marzipan, Foods Guy shares that the almond dough can be kept for up to one month at room temperature, six months in the fridge, or three years in the freezer. Moreover, it should go without saying, but unopened (store-bought) marzipan will last the longest.

What is the difference between white and yellow marzipan? ›

White marzipan is the preferred marzipan for dying with food coloring. It is also used to make three-dimensional cake decorations such as fruits or vegetables. Golden marzipan on the other hand is mostly used to cover cakes, such as Battenburg cake and the traditional British Christmas fruitcake.

Why is marzipan so expensive? ›

Marzipan comes from nuts—it's traditionally made with ground almonds. In order to maintain quality standards, many countries regulate the percentage of almonds a recipe must have for it to be legally called "marzipan." This discourages the use of apricot kernels as a cheap substitute for almonds.

What is marzipan called in America? ›

Also called almond candy dough, marzipan is an agreeable, multi-purpose combo of the first two, with a subtle almond flavor and unmatched malleability. Be sure to try these marzipan cake recipes.

What is the best marzipan in the world? ›

The World's Finest Marzipan

Lubeca has been producing marzipan since 1904. The company continues to use traditional methods of production and is recognized by bakers, pastry chefs and chocolatiers as one of the leading producers of high quality almond paste marzipan.

What does marzipan candy taste like? ›

What Does Marzipan Taste Like? Marzipan has a very sweet, nutty almond flavor. Its texture is soft, chewy and slightly rough due to the ground up almonds.

What is so special about marzipan? ›

The glory of marzipan is because it holds a shape easily, you can cut out or mold your own figures to decorate holiday pastries. It's also used as a kind of heavy-duty frosting for Christmas cakes because it helps long-keeping cakes (like fruitcakes) retain their moisture instead of going stale.

What is Mazapan made of? ›

Mazapán is a popular Mexican candy made of peanuts and powdered sugar that is blended and processed together and compacted into a small mold. You can find it at most Mexican grocery stores, but it's just as easy and delicious to make them at home.

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