Thursday, 8 November 2012

Chocolate dipped marzipan sweets Marcipános szaloncukor

In Hungary there is no Christmas without szaloncukor. These chocolate coated sweets are essential part of Christmas, you can buy them everywhere in large boxes and they are used as tree decorations. There are lots of different fillings, I chose one of my favourite which is a dark chocolate coated marzipan. Really quick and easy to make at home, they make great presents too, individually wrapped and if you feel adventurous you could hang them up the tree with some ribbon. 

To make about 500g or 35-40 sweets:
200g ground almond
150g icing sugar
few drops of almond extract
200g dark chocolate, chopped
about 40ml water

To make the marzipan, mix the ground almond with the icing sugar and gradually add some water until you get a paste that is easy to knead and mould into balls. Be careful not to add too much water as it will get too soft. Add a few drops of almond extract, knead it until well mixed, now you have your marzipan ready to mould. Form small bite size pieces with your fingers. Put the chocolate in a bowl and melt it over some simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water. When completely melted, dip the marzipan pieces into the chocolate with a fork and place them on baking parchment. When all done, put them in the fridge to set, this will take about an hour, after which they will be ready to be wrapped.


  1. I've been looking to find recipes for some of my favorite Hungarian treats for such a long time. I am so happy I found your blog because you have exactly what Iwas looking for! I'm half Hungarian and live in the States, and it's hard to come by Hungarian food here so I've learned to start making it myself. Thank you so much for sharing these recipes!! I can't wait to try this one:)

    1. Thank you for your kind comment. Glad you enjoy looking through my recipes, I have great pleasure rediscovering these old classics and introducing my English family to them. It's not always easy to get the ingredients but most things are adaptable to what's available here. Hope you have fun trying some of them :-)

  2. Hi just wondering if you use the same method but with different flovors like orange if its just the essence or use the fruit also on the szaloncukor

  3. Sorry I just saw your comment, yes there are different flavours and no reason why you shouldn't try orange, coconut or other flavours and if you chop dry fruit up very finely they could make a lovely addition too. Hopefully this will help next Christmas.