Marzipan Versus Almond Paste

Cooking | April 3, 2017 | By

What is the difference between Almond Paste and Marzipan? 
While both Almond Paste and Marzipan are made from almonds and sugar, the main differences between the two is how finely the almonds are ground and the ratio of almonds to sugar. 
Marzipan has a larger amount of sugar and has a smoother consistency as the almonds are more finely ground. It also contains glucose syrup, water and sometimes egg whites. 
Almond Paste has almost double the amount of almonds which are not as finely ground, giving the paste a more mealy consistency.
What is Marzipan used for?
As Marzipan has a more pliable consistency, it can be colored with food coloring and used for molding into shapes for decoration or candy. It can also be rolled out and used to cover cakes with or without fondant.
What is Almond Paste used for?
Almond Paste is used as an ingredient in baking cakes, cookies, pastries and tarts, as well as a base ingredient for Marzipan.  
Where can I buy it? 
Almond Paste and Marzipan are available at most grocery stores, specialty food stores or online.