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Danish Holiday Candy – Licorice Marzipan with lemon white chocolate

Licorice marzipan with white chocolate

Marzipan, soft hazelnut nougat and chocolate, are a huge part of Danish Christmas candy. We make all sorts of creations with these three ingredients; marzipan balls covered with chocolate, nougat squares with almonds, marzipan animals, snowballs, marzipan logs. During December, we can’t get enough, and I am very Danish in that sense.

Every year I spend at least one day creating my own Holiday treats with lots and lots of marzipan, nougat and chocolate as well as all sorts of buttons, sprinkles, liquors and fruits. It’s the best time and I enjoy it so much. I end up with melted chocolate all over the place and on a major sugar high. It’s one of my favorite traditions that I look forward to each year.

One of the things I made this year was Licorice marzipan balls covered with lemon white chocolate. Yes I know, us Danes have a weird obsession with licorice that not many other countries understand. If licorice is not your thing, then you can just make them with regular marzipan, or infuse it with a flavor you like; coffee, orange, baileys, mint…

The last couple of years the Danish company Odense have produced flavored marzipan. This year they made licorice, orange and mint/chocolate. For this recipe I of course used the licorice flavored marzipan.

Marzipan balls with white chocolate


150 g. of licorice marzipan

200 g white chocolate

Zest from 1 lemon

Holiday candy


Make small balls out of the marzipan.

Melt the chocolate over a bain marie. Once it’s completely melted stir in the lemon zest.

Cover the marzipan balls with white chocolate and leave on grease proof paper to cool and harden.

Store in an airtight container, either in the fridge or the kitchen table.

They will keep for 2 to 3 weeks.

Danish Christmas Candy

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