Neapolitan Marzipan Chocolates

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I have a confession, I am addicted to marzipan as well as chocolate! So when I was asked to come up with an idea for an edible gift for Christmas that a child could help with, my mind immediately turned to marzipan. As a child I would make marzipan balls dipped in chocolate with my mother at Christmas time but we would just use the raw Danish marzipan that you could buy. I think marzipan is a bit like marmite, you either love it or hate it, my son won’t touch it. Anyway speaking to my mother the other day she told me all about the mock marzipan her and her sisters used to make using ground oats and vanilla essence instead of almonds. They would then use food colouring to make green, pink and white layers which they would then cut into diamonds. It’s amazing the things you never knew about your parents isn’t it!

I think I will try making this mock marzipan one day but this story was the inspiration for my Neapolitan Marzipan Chocolates. As my treats were for Christmas I used real almonds and added the extra luxury of dark chocolate as it is such a wonderful contrast to the sweet marzipan. My husband said these chocolates were better than any shop bought chocolates he’d tasted and after giving a bag to both our mums they agreed. Very professional was the verdict. Not bad considering my 10 year daughter did most of the work and I just rolled out the marzipan and did the chocolate dipping it was a real team effort. I think she particularly enjoyed decorating the chocolates at the end with the flaked almonds and picking out the best ones.

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I worked out that the 40 generous sized chocolates cost about £4 to make which if you wrapped into 5 cellophane packages (or roasting bags cut flat) of 8 chocolates each (130g) it would cost you 80p per gift. That is a phenomenal saving as marzipan chocolates cost about £5 per 100g off the shelf on average and even more if they are handmade.

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I would be over the moon if someone made these Neapolitan Marzipan Chocolates for me so if you know someone who loves marzipan and you have a willing helper in the kitchen I thoroughly recommend you make these. Think how impressed your child’s teacher would be to receive such a thoughtful gift too!

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Home made Neapolitan Marzipan Chocolates - simply divine and a fabulous gift that will surely impress!
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: British
Serves: 40
  • 200g Ground Almonds
  • 200g Icing Sugar
  • 2 Egg Whites (medium size)
  • ½ tsp Vanilla extract
  • Few drops of red food colouring
  • Few drops of green food colouring (or mixture of yellow & blue)
  • 250g Dark chocolate (I used value)
  • 40 Flaked almond slivers (approx)
  1. Mix the ground almonds and icing together thoroughly.
  2. Whisk the egg whites and add to the mixture together with the almond extract to form a dough using a wooden spoon or your hand.
  3. Weigh the marzipan out into 3 equal portions and wrap 2 portions in cling film.
  4. To the unwrapped portion add a few drops of green food colouring and knead the colour into the marzipan on an icing sugar dusted work surface until colour is totally mixed in. If necessary add more food colouring to get a good green colour.
  5. Wrap the green marzipan in cling film and then take another portion and with the same process as above work in the red food colouring until a subtle pink is achieved. The last portion is left white.
  6. Divide a portion of marzipan into 2 and then roll out into long thin sausages with your hands (dusting the work surface again with icing sugar).
  7. Using a rolling pin flatten the marzipan sausages to get to a width of 2 – 2 ½ cm.
  8. Repeat for the other 2 portions of marzipan and lay the pink, green and white flattened strips on top of each other in 2 separate bricks.
  9. You can use your hands to neaten the sides.
  10. Cut the marzipan bricks with a sharp knife at an angle to form diamond shapes the whole way along. Then cover them in cling film.
  11. Now melt the dark chocolate by breaking it up and putting it in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Once it has started to melt well you can turn the heat off.
  12. Using 2 forks dip each marzipan diamond into the chocolate and on lifting out scrape away excess chocolate from base.
  13. Carefully slide each chocolate marzipan onto a sheet of baking paper.
  14. Decorate each chocolate with a sliver of flaked almond.
  15. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes to allow to set.
  16. Remove chocolates from the baking paper trimming away excess chocolate with a sharp knife if necessary.
  17. Wrap chocolates in cellophane parcels (I use roasting bags) with a ribbon or place in pretty boxes
  18. Best eaten within a week (if you can make them last that long)!

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As these Neapolitan Marzipan Chocolates are so thrifty using value chocolate and far cheaper than any you could buy I am entering them into Credit Crunch Munch which I run with Helen and is this month hosted by Elizabeth.

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NB: Recipe previously featured on Great British Chefs 7/12/2013.

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  1. Ali

    Mmmm these look great, perfect to give as gifts too.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Ali:-)

  2. Lucy

    These look delicious, I have never made chocolates for gifts before but I need to start I think! My girls would love to make these with me as well, as they are so colourful. Great recipe!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Lucy. Yes I’m sure your girls would love all the food colouring and rolling involved, it’s a bit like play dough:-)

  3. Sabina Sher

    Oh wow, these look amazing! I am a huge lover of anything marzipan!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sabina they are really divine:-)

  4. Sally - My Custard Pie

    Beautiful for homemade Christmas gifts

    1. Camilla

      Thanks! I wish someone would make them for me Sally:-)

  5. Jessica

    They look so yummy and quite easy to make. I love Marzipan :)

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jessie:-)

  6. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops

    I love marzipan, it was so amazing when I lived in Denmark because it was everywhere! These look amazing. Yum!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Jenni:-) Denmark is where I get my love of marzipan from as my mum is Danish;-)

  7. Sarah Bailey

    Oh my goodness these sound amazing, what a delicious chocolaty treat idea. x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sarah:-)

  8. Marsha | Marsha's Baking Addiction

    How cool do these chocolates look?! I’d love a box full right now! 😉

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Marsha, so would I, this post is torture to look at when I don’t have any to eat!

  9. AiPing | Curious Nut

    I’ve never had marzipan but I do love my marmite. So intrigued to know how it’ll go with chocolate.

    1. Camilla

      Gosh, you must try it:-)

  10. Anna (@DontCrampMyBlog)

    This looks soo yummy! I eed to really try one day!

    1. Camilla

      I don’t blame you:-)

  11. Michele

    Thank you for posting this recipe. I want to give these as gifts this yr. My 1st daughter is vegan so I think her younger sister and I may be able to make them vegan and use her favorite white chocolate with crushed candy canes! I have one question. Do you know if these will freeze well? My son lives a good distance…3-4 days for snail mail and i want to give them a freeze and send them. I will try it:) and post pictures on my blog michelescafe.blogspot.com. ..I saw this post on Google +

    1. Camilla

      Hi Michelle, dark chocolate is vegan I believe as there is no milk in it! White chocolate would just be too sweet as it’s the bitter contrast of the dark chocolate to the sweet marzipan that makes these so delicious. I imagine freezing would be ok but I’ve never actually done this but can’t see why you couldn’t, they might just get a bit wet with condensation, I actually think they’d be ok in the post as the weather is cold and I’m sure he’d eat them up in a few days or share with friends anyway. I don’t mind you showing pics on your site as long as you don’t publish the recipe and credit back to http://www.fabfood4all. Cheers Camilla

  12. Ickle Pickle

    These look delicious and what a great gift idea for Christmas! Kaz x

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  13. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    These are beautiful Camilla, and what a lovely gift to give someone. I love getting homemade gifts (especially when they involve chocolate) as it shows how much thought and effort has gone in to them.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Dannii – exactly, nothing like a homemade foodie gift;-)

  14. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    Oh these look fab, the layered colours are so effective! You’re so clever! :)

    1. Camilla

      Aaw thanks Becca;-)

  15. MyCookingSecrets.com | Krystallia Giamouridou

    It seems to me that you spend a lot of time effort making them, but they look soooo delicious in your images. Congratulations!

    1. Camilla

      That’s the joy of Christmas, but the outcome is so worth it:-)

  16. Stella

    I am not a hug chocolate fan but I do find myself enjoying chocolates sometimes. This looks yummy.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Stella. It’s all about the marzipan:-)

  17. Munchies and Munchkins

    These look delicious Camilla, I’ve made chocolate covered marzipans a few times but normally I cheat and use store bought marzipan! Although I sometimes use food colouring gel to make it more appealing. These look fab and love the effect of the different colours. Delicious. I always used to buy my Dad handmade marzipans as he is a big fan of them but maybe I should try your recipe out this year? X

    1. Camilla

      I used to buy Anthon Berg raw Danish marzipan for such purposes in Tesco years ago but they stopped selling it and I wouldn’t eat the British stuff that is mainly icing sugar and very little almond, fine for cakes but not for fine chocolate making. My mum and I just used to roll it into balls, sometimes dye it green and just dip the tops in chocolate when I was a kid so these are a very posh version of that!

  18. Elizabeth

    What a fantastic hand made gift idea! My kids would love to make something like this! :)

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Elizabeth, yes my daughter loved all the rolling and mixing in the food colouring etc:-)

  19. whatlauraloves

    I’m not a fan of marzipan but I do like chocolate. So many people would love these I reckon! xxx

    1. Camilla

      I won’t judge Laura, more for me:-)

  20. Nicole Neverman

    I love marzipan! I’d be delighted to get these chocolates as a gift this Christmas :) Loving the layers inside, looks awesome!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Nicole, I wish my daughter would make these for my birthday which is before Christmas, I’d be very happy – off to drop a few hints:-)

  21. Mellissa Williams

    These chocolates look ever so professional. I think giving handmade gifts is a very personal thing to do.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Mellissa, yes homemade gifts show you care;-)

  22. Tori Gabriel

    These look amazing! I love chocolate and marzipan though you are totally right about it being like Marmite. My husband hates it.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Tori, yes I don’t understand non marzipan likers but on the plus side that leaves more for us:-)

  23. Sarah (@tamingtwins)

    These look delicious Camilla, what a super gift they would make. I’ve pinned it to my FestiveFoodFriday board as I’m sure lots of people would love to make these for Christmas.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Sarah, I wish someone would make them for me:-)

  24. Jenn P&C

    Ohmygosh I am dying to try these! Love homemade candies!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Jenn, yes homemade is best;-)

  25. Daniella

    Marzipan is one of my favourite things to eat, even better when coated in chocolate. I’d love to receive a box of these at Christmas.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Daniella, you and me both:-)

  26. Ana De- Jesus

    This sounds amazing a sweet treat that is perfect for snacking on the go!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Ana:-)

  27. Hannah Wood

    Oh my word I love this and so good as a gift for Christmas

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Hannah:-)

  28. Heather Haigh

    I want to make these but I know I’d eat the lot!

    1. Camilla

      You’d have to give half away I think and then pace yourself:-)

  29. Ursula Hunt

    Great idea for a present

    1. Camilla

      Yes perfect for presents:-)

  30. Angela Webster

    I must make these! So simple too. Thank you for sharing! :)

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, enjoy – they are something special:-)

  31. William Gould

    I LOVE marzipan! Better still, the wife hates it!

    1. Camilla

      My hubby isn’t keen either:-)

  32. Paul Wilson

    I love a bit of marzipan.

  33. Carolyn Clapham

    I still have some marzipan left after making your rhubarb and marzipan Cake, so I am tempted to make a cheat’s version of these :)

    1. Camilla

      Go for it;-)

  34. Heather Haigh

    I totally love Marzipan and those look superb!

  35. Miss. Lucinda Fountain

    My mother LOVES Marzipan and so these would be PERFECT!!
    I am so pleased to have found this post. x

    1. Camilla

      A woman after my own heart:-)

  36. Amy Lisa

    Definitely would like to try making these!!

    1. Camilla

      They are great fun to make and even more fun to eat:-)

  37. sandra bald

    A brilliant gift idea, my mum & grandmother both adore marzipan:) Can’t wait to make them.

    1. Camilla

      Ooh they were good:-)

  38. Paul Wilson

    Great idea.

  39. Hafsah

    Not everybody’s a fan of marzipan, but I know somebody special who is. 😉 <3

    1. Camilla

      Yes it’s a bit like Marmite isn’t it!

  40. Helen Allan

    These look delicious. I would love to make these with my boys. :)

  41. Corinne Faulkner

    WOW these look absolutely delicious – I’m going to make them and keep them in my cupboard for visitors coming over !!

    1. Camilla

      I wouldn’t keep them for more than about a week due to the egg white in there!

  42. Tracy Nixon

    These would have been lovely to make and then gift box and give to someone for Christmas!

  43. Ursula Hunt

    Perfect to make for someone as a nice christmas present

    1. Camilla

      Yes, I wish someone would make me some more:-)

  44. Maya Russell

    A lovely gift idea One I don’t have time to do now but will consider for next year.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, hope you manage to make them next year:-)

  45. Janice

    They are so pretty, a beautiful gift.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Janice;-)

  46. Deena Kakaya

    Camilla they look so pretty and cleverly contructed…great job! X

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Deena, it was very satisfying and my daughter enjoyed mixing up the marzipan and dying it with the food colouring. I’m very lucky that she doesn’t mind getting sticky fingers:-)

  47. Jacqueline

    Don’t they look wonderful in that box ans so pretty to bite into. Pity I have marzipan :(

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jacqueline, as they say 2 out of 3 aint bad:-)

  48. Jen @ Blue Kitchen Bakes

    These are a great idea, I love homemade marzipan, after first making it 7 years ago I can’t go back to the bought stuff. I think the coloured marzipan makes these look really pretty and you’re right homemade gifts are much more special and very enjoyable when they’re edible :)

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jen, yep there’s nothing nice than something homemade:-)

  49. Sheila lamare

    Well, I headed over to the website and found some lovely recipes, but absolutely no trace of Neapolitan marzipan chocolates! Are you sure that Great British chefs is the right website?

    1. Camilla

      Hi, you need to click on the link “Great British Chefs” at the end of my post and it takes you straight there. You would have needed to go into the bloggers section on the site to find me and other bloggers:-)

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