This homemade marzipan candy is for Mini Chef’s Valentine’s Day present. He’s crazy about marzipan and I usually buy him a marzipan pig for Christmas. It’s a German tradition along with red and white spotted mushrooms and ladybugs. Supposedly, the bring good luck!
Lucky or not, they sure do taste good. But I don’t like giving him all that refined sugar, so I simply make my own. It’s super easy and all you need is a candy or chocolate mold based on the holiday you are celebrating! In this case, Valentine’s Day!
We actually aren’t that big on Valentine’s Day. It’s not a huge deal in our family and never has been. But it’s fun to see his little face light up when he finds a little bag of goodies first thing in the morning. So I keep up the tradition.
Normally, I make a low carb version for myself using a low carb sweetener. But for my little guy, I stick to the whole food ingredients. He loves it and I’m happy he can enjoy a treat that isn’t the worst of the worst. Know what I mean?
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Marzipan Candy Recipe
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- 1 cup blanched almonds
- ⅓ cup powdered Sucanat (powdered coconut sugar works too)
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- ½ tsp. water (at a time for consistency
- Using a food processor, process your blanched almonds into almond flour.
- Add the sweetener to the processor as well and continue blending.
- Pour in the almond extract and blend for 1 minute.
- At this point, your dough should be sticky and hold together if you press it into a mold. If for some reason it’s more crumbly or not sticky, blend in a 1/2 tsp. of water at a time until the dough will hold together and compress easily into a mold.
- If you accidentally add too much water, simply blend in a few more almonds (about 1 tbsp. at a time) until you get a good consistency. It should be sticky, but not impossible to work with.
- Set the mold on a cookie sheet to keep it steady and place the whole thing in the freezer for an hour or two.
- Press the marzipan out of the molds onto the cold cookie sheet.
- If you want to dip these in chocolate, now would be the time to do that. Otherwise, simply wrap them in pretty foil paper for your sweetheart!
- Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- Keeps in the freezer for up to 3 months.