I used to avoid almond flavor like the plague. As a matter of fact, I had been accosted by marzipan when I was a small child, thank you for asking. Those syrup-oozing “strawberries” fooled me one too many times. I couldn’t even enjoy amaretto with a coffee. Now that’s some serious gastronomical scar tissue. However, in the past few years I’ve come around to the European marzipan, candies that aren’t as gloppy or sweet as what you’d typically get in the States.Those? Those are wonderful. And so are Choceur’s marzipan eggs. (I’m guessing Choceur is French for Chocolate From Aldi. Because that’s who makes ‘em.)
One thing though. Mini? If you’re comparing to those gigantic Mary Sue Easter eggs, sure. But these “mini” eggs are actually quite generous. You could shove the entire thing in your mouth, but they’re 2” long and just over 1” wide at it’s widest eggy-shape. Putting these next to candies like Cadbury, Hershey’s or Reese’s Mini Eggs, these are positively ginormous. And that’s fine by me; one egg is just enough to perfectly quench my appetite.
The marzipan here has the texture of raw cookie dough, which is probably why I enjoy it so much. The almond is noticeable, but rather than an extract punch, these candies taste like actual almonds are in there. Probably because ground almonds is the second ingredient. Sugar is the first, though the filling doesn’t get weighed down with sweetness. In fact, it’s almost sweet neutral. So where’s the sugar? That’s easy; in the chocolate coating. Though the coating is thin, the cocoa and sugar do mix well with the almonds, but don’t overstay their welcome. After a few chews, the chocolate disappears and you’re left with glorious almond goodness. And I love the crisp snap of the coating when I bit into one, followed by a nice pillow of marzipan to sink into. Savor these babies on their own, or perhaps with your beverage of choice; that’s all that’s needed.
Choceur makes a milk chocolate version too, but why would you dilute your chocolate coating for these candies? Go dark or go home. Better yet, go home with some of these dark chocolate and marzipan yummies. Thanks again, Aldi.