Marzipan is truly the Crushed Nut Confection Of The Gods. Not those namby-pamby American marzipan candies that are all sugary and look like fruit, either. I’m talking seriously awesome European marzipan. Yes, maybe that makes me a marzipan elitist, but I don’t care. Sometimes it’s necessary to be an elitist when certain things are significantly better than other things!
So I picked up a box of these babies recently when I was at a German festival being held by Helga’s German Restaurant and Deli in southeast Denver. We hit their gift shop as we were leaving the festival, and it was chock full of tasty food items amongst other things. Of course, by the time I saw these cookies I was chock full of pastries and sausages, and while I love a sausage party as much as the next girl, I just couldn’t say no to marzipan cookies.
So they’re called mandelhoernchen which, translated from German, means almond horns. Or “little almond horns”, if I’m translating the “chen” correctly? They look quite comparable to the picture on the box, and my very unfortunate abilities at doing closeup photography do not due these things justice.
The mandalhoernchen were quite chewy and flavorful, and had the perfect amount of bittersweet chocolate flavor which nicely accented the almond. I crushed through these things in two days. I would say that it’s too bad that Helga’s is pretty much on the direct opposite side of Denver as I’m on, but considering this box was around $5 a pop, my wallet probably thanks me. It’s just difficult for those of us who are marzipan enthusiasts to find a reliable source. This is a big reason I’m looking forward to the upcoming holiday season, I must confess. I’ve only found one decent source for marzipan chocolates in the area so far (well, outside of Helga’s now), and Peppercorn (a.k.a. the real reason I want to visit Boulder all the time, because the store is amazing) only carries marzipan products during the holidays. Last season, their selection was both excellent and delicious. Mind you, this is only based their having two amazing products, mozartkugel as well as Anthon Berg marzipan bars. Specifically, the Anthon Berg cognac bar, also known as Godgasm Incarnate in my mouth. Amazing.
If I don’t die from mercury poisoning from eating too much tuna sushi/nigiri/sashimi, I hope to be lucky enough to die from a dark chocolate + marzipan + cognac overdose.