Marzipan is a sweet paste typical of different European traditions: it is appreciated in many countries of Northern Europe, first of all Germany (for example the Lübeck marzipan, covered with chocolate), and is an integral part of the Sicilian confectionery culture and many areas of Southern Italy. It is a dough, often formed in loaves, based on almond flour, sugar and egg white: marzipan is characterized by a very sweet taste and an elastic consistency, which is well suited to use it for decorations and to shape it .
Given the easy availability of its ingredients, it is very easy to make marzipan at home: it can be molded into loaves and cut and sculpted as needed.
The difference between marzipan and almond paste, another very similar preparation based on almond flour, lies in the presence or not of the egg white, even if the recipes vary according to the location: the marzipan requires the addition of egg white , almond paste doesn’t.
Nutritional values of marzipan
Considering its ingredients, marzipan is extremely caloric: 100 grams contain 458 calories in the basic preparation, which can then be enriched with dried fruit or added to other desserts as a decoration, thus increasing the calorie count. Marzipan is also rich in fats and carbohydrates, including 36 g of sugars.