Valentine’s Marzipan Chocolate balls are a different kind of treat to celebrate the day with your loved one.
The marzipan is enclosed by white and pink colored chocolate.
You will find it to be a fun activity at the same time and your edible gift will truly come from the heart.
I got the idea to prepare the marzipan chocolate balls when I ended up with more homemade marzipan then I needed in my last batch.
Save yourself some time to prepare these fun marzipan covered chocolate balls.
You can decorate them the way you like.
I have compiled a list of ideas further below.
You can also use storebought marzipan paste to make the chocolate marzipan candy.
Homemade Marzipan VS store-bought ready-made Marzipan
Pick homemade or store-bought marzipan to make these homemade chocolate marzipan balls.
These are some of the points to consider.
Homemade Almond Paste Marzipan:
- is healthier and not that sweet – you get to adjust the amount of sugar in it. In fact, you can even skip the sugar altogether to make it a sugarless, low-carb and gluten-free marzipan if you want!
- you can make your almond paste vegan. My homemade marzipan recipe is eggless.
- you can choose to add rose water or orange blossom water and even bitter almond extracts
- it can be tedious to peel all the almonds and to make the paste. You need a good grinder.
- convenient use, you can unpack it and get going without wasting time.
- you don’t always get to buy ready made marzipan. It’s not readily available all over the world.
- you don’t know what’s in it. At times, the paste tastes artificial and it’s super sweet.
Chocolate Marzipan balls variations
My marzipan is a German marzipan variation prepared with peeled almonds.
Other countries make it a bit different.
However, you can use whichever marzipan you prefer for the chocolate coated marzipan
Don’t limit yourself to the way I made my chocolate covered marzipan balls.
In fact, here some homemade marzipan chocolate ball variations and ideas to get your creative juices flowing!
- Use pistachios instead of almonds to make pistachio marzipan
- Melt a few batches of white chocolate and color each differently. Dip your balls into each color separately after each layer has dried to create fun layers.
- Color your almond paste with dry active charcoal to make it pitch black and dip into bright colored or white chocolate.
- Create a simple design with your toothpick with another batch of colored white chocolate. You could draw a little heart.
- Use regular dark chocolate to prepare a healthier version of your chocolate marzipan balls and perhaps you can turn the core into pink marzipan to add contrast.
- Top each ball with sprinkles right after dipping it in chocolate.
- Instead of melted chocolate use cocoa powder to coat the balls
More Marzipan candy ideas:
- Good Luck Marzipan pig – New Year’s treat
- Halloween Marzipan creatures – realistic insects!
- Natural simple honey marzipan candy
- Painted colorful Marzipan hearts
Other Chocolate Valentine treats:
- Chocolate Nonpareils
- Chocolate Covered Cherry Truffles
- Dark Chocolate Toasted Almond and Coconut Hearts
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Valentine’s Marzipan Chocolate Balls Recipe
How to Video
- Marzipan paste
- White Chocolate
- Red Food Coloring
you will also need….
- Double boiler (bain marie) *see Notes
- Rack or tray, *see Notes
- Silicon Spatula
- Roll your marzipan paste into a sausage and cut out bite-sized pieces.
- Form each piece into a round ball by rolling each between your hand palms.
- Keep your double boiler ready on the heat. Place the chocolate into the double boiler to melt. It will take some time to melt completely.
- At this point, you can choose to color your white chocolate or leave it white or melt another batch of chocolate to color differently again. I don’t mix in the color completely with the spatula, because I wanted to create an effect on some of my chocolate marzipan balls.
- Poke a toothpick into one of the marzipan balls and drag it through the chocolate so that it is completely covered.
- Place the chocolate ball on the rack or tray to dry. If you want to use sprinkles, then this is the moment to do so before the chocolate dries out.
- Repeat the process with all balls. Add more color and mix if you like for deeper shades.
- Let the chocolate marzipans to dry in a cool and dry place for about 30 minutes.
- Store in the fridge in an airtight container.
- Create a double boiler at home with what you have. Get a small pot, fill it with some water and place a glass bowl over that. Use a glass bowl because you can see the water that way. The bowl should be touching the water but should not flow over to the sides when you heat it up. Don’t overcook the water or it will come splashing out. Control the heat.
- Use a rack or a baking tray to place the chocolate dipped marzipan balls. I prefer the rack because the excess chocolate will drip down and the balls will appear more round. Also, it’s easier to remove the chocolate covered marzipan candy from the toothpick when you use a rack. But keep in mind that excess chocolate can go around the rack and then taking them out can get messy.
- Use quality chocolate and food coloring or the chocolate will turn out thick and funky. Also, don’t overheat your chocolate, it will change its texture and get thicker in time. You want a nice smooth liquidy chocolate.