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October 24, 2016

Nuttyness Marzipan Bars

by Anne Paddock

Marzipan is often known as almond paste in the United States and is generally reserved for holidays or specialty cakes but only because Americans haven’t really discovered the wonders of this nutty, chewy treat. Traditional marzipan is made with ground almonds blended with sugar or honey but modern marzipan can also be made with pistachios or hazelnuts.

Chewy and sweet, marzipan is the perfect ingredient for a candy bar because the combination of dark chocolate covered marzipan is a contrast in flavors (nuts and rich creamy chocolate) and textures (hard and chewy).

Finding high quality chocolate covered marzipan in the United States has been difficult until recently. Kristian Salvesen, a Norwegian by birth who settled in Oakland, California realized that 80% of the world’s almonds are grown in California and yet marzipan bars was virtually non-existent in the United States so he founded Nuttyness and started to make his own bars in 2013.Nuttyness_Marzipan_Bars

Today, Nuttyness makes three marzipan bars covered in dark chocolate: almond, pistachio, and hazelnut in what Nuttyness calls  “Marzipan with a Twist.”Nuttyness_Marzipan_Bars

Each bar is made from marzipan made from either almonds, pistachios, or hazelnuts along with sugar, water, and bitter almond oil and enrobed in dark chocolate made from cocoa beans, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, and vanilla.Nuttyness

Nuttyness Marzipan Bars are 1.75 ounces and can be enjoyed in their entirety or sliced to serve. Each bar sells for $5.99 through the company’s website: To read more about Nuttyness and other products, go to the company website.Nuttyness_Almond_Marzipan_Bar

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