If your customers have only ever tasted the very sweet, low grade marzipans that some manufacturers use on cakes or to make marzipan figures, they could be in for a real treat when they try anything made from these high grade almond pastes!
Almonds are grown principally in California and Spain with small quantities coming from other countries around the Mediterranean. Meditteranean almonds are generally considered to be superior to Californian because they are cultivated in a more natural environment with more favourable climatic conditions.
High Grade marzipans generally have a lower sugar content (around 35%) whereas marzipans used for making figures or decorations will have a higher sugar content (up to 70%) to make them more suitable for use as a modelling mass.
A Very Versatile Confection
At Christmas, many people will be familiar with traditional marzipan fruits. But you can also make marzipan figures and chocolate-enrobed marzipan bars all year round. In Summer, when chocolate sales are lower, marzipan is a wonderful alternative and can really help boost your sales!
Lubeca toasted marzipan is a traditional speciality and is made by grilling the marzipan shapes for 5-10 seconds.