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Is Marzipan Vegan?

by Fabian Jackson

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We know this sugary-almond confectionery in everything from Christmas cakes to decadent chocolates and sweets, but is it suitable for vegans? Keep reading to find out more.

Marzipan is a sweet with an interesting history – it’s believed to have its origins in China where it travelled through the Middle East and into Europe as early as the 15th century where it became a key part of Mediterranean trade and the height of desserts.

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What is marzipan made from?

At its root marzipan is made from finely ground, blanched almonds and sugar, often enhanced with almond extract or oil. Sometimes eggs and citrus juice are used too. 

almonds

Is marzipan vegan-friendly? 

Generally, marzipan is considered vegan-friendly, however, it’s always worth checking the ingredients list in case egg or dairy has been used. 

Vegan marzipan recipe 

This recipe from Ela Vegan is quick, and a lot easier to whip together than you might expect. The three-ingredient vegan marzipan (ground almonds, sugar and water) can be ready in just five minutes with the help of a food processor. She also recommends a drop of almond extract or rose water for extra depth of flavour.

Keep your plant-based questions coming our way in the comments section below.

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Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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