Indulge in Decadence with Marzipan Snowball Truffles

Hey my fellow food enthusiasts! If you’re a fan of marzipan and chocolate truffles, then I have just the recipe for you – Marzipan Snowball Truffles! These delicious treats are made with vegan-friendly ingredients, so you can indulge without worrying about any animal products.

But let me tell you, these aren’t your average truffles. They are decadent bites of bliss that will transport your taste buds to a heavenly place. Think of them as snowballs of flavor that melt in your mouth upon first bite. Seriously, if you’re looking for a dessert that’s simple, seriously delicious, and will impress your guests, then look no further than these Marzipan Snowball Truffles.

Now, I know some of you may be wondering – what even is marzipan? Well, marzipan is a paste made from ground almonds and sugar that has been used in various desserts and confections for centuries. It’s versatile, gluten-free and dairy-free! What’s not to love? So get ready to roll up your sleeves and join me on this journey to make the ultimate Marzipan Snowball Truffles!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Marzipan Snowball Truffles (Vegan)
Marzipan Snowball Truffles (Vegan)

Hey there foodies! Are you ready for the ultimate indulgence that is just as beautiful as it is delicious? Let me introduce you to my latest obsession: marzipan snowball truffles!

These truffles are seriously addictive and an absolute must-try for anyone with a sweet tooth. But wait, there’s more! Not only are they incredibly tasty, but they’re also vegan-friendly and gluten-free. That’s right, you can have your cake (truffle) and eat it too!

When you bite into one of these delightful treats, you’ll experience the perfect balance of sweet and nutty flavors. Made with almond meal, maple syrup, and just a hint of lemon juice for that tangy zing that will tantalize your taste buds.

And let’s not forget the chocolate coating – rich dark chocolate coats each ball of blissful marzipan goodness, making it even harder to resist.

So whether you’re looking for a new dessert recipe to impress your guests or just want a treat to indulge in for yourself, these marzipan snowball truffles are the way to go. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you later.

Ingredient List

 Delicate snow-white truffles with a marzipan center.
Delicate snow-white truffles with a marzipan center.

Let’s get started by talking about what you will need to create these marzipan snowball truffles. Don’t worry; you won’t have to go on a wild goose chase at the grocery store. All the ingredients needed for this recipe are readily available, and some your kitchen may already have. Here are the ingredients required to make these delicious marzipan truffles:

For the marzipan snowballs:

  • 1 4/5 cups of almond meal or flour (300g)
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • Juice of 1/2 small lemon (or about 1 tbsp)
  • 2 tbsp of water

For the chocolate coating:

  • 7 oz (200g) vegan chocolate (dark or bittersweet)
  • A teaspoonful of margarine (preferably vegan margarine)
  • A squirt of instant espresso powder (optional)

This recipe is really simple, so don’t let the short ingredient list fool you into thinking that it’s not worth trying. Trust me, each ingredient works in its way to make these truffles seriously delicious!

The Recipe How-To

 Prepare for a fun and festive bite!
Prepare for a fun and festive bite!

Let’s dive right into the exciting part of making these Marzipan Snowball Truffles – the recipe how-to!

Step 1: Preparing the Marzipan

Before we start, we’ll need to prepare our marzipan. To do this, we’ll need 300g of almond meal and 1/4 cup of maple syrup. Combine the two ingredients into a bowl and mix well until completely combined. Once they are well-mixed, scoop out a small portion (about 2 tablespoons) and roll it out into a ball shape. Repeat this process until you have made around 18-20 balls.

Step 2: Preparing the chocolate coating

To prepare our chocolate coating, we’ll need to assemble these ingredients:

  • 200g of bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup of margarine
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract

Combine these all in a heatproof bowl and place it over a saucepan filled with water. Place on medium heat and stir continuously while melting. Once everything has melted, add in 1 tsp of instant espresso powder mixed with 1 tbsp of hot water to enhance the chocolate flavor.

Step 3: Assembling the Truffles

With our marzipan balls and our chocolate coating ready, it’s time to assemble the truffles! First is to roll each ball in cacao powder or sugar until well-coated.

Next, using a fork, dip each ball one by one into the melted chocolate mixture until coated fully. Make sure to let any excess chocolate drip off before placing them on a baking rack.

Finally, pop them into the fridge for about an hour to set before serving or packaging them up as gifts!

These Marzipan Snowball Truffles are truly seriously delicious and are perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re looking to indulge yourself or make them for your friends and family, this recipe is as simple as it is tantalizingly tasty!

Substitutions and Variations

 A cozy and delicious holiday treat
A cozy and delicious holiday treat

Hey there, it’s Gary Vee and I’m back to give you some dope recommendations for making tasty vegan marzipan snowball truffles. Now, sometimes we don’t have all the ingredients or we just want to mix things up a bit. So here are some substitution tips and variation ideas you can try out.

First, if you’re looking for a saltier taste, try swapping out the sugar for a pinch of salt mixed with maple syrup. This will give your truffles a nice salty-sweet balance that will have your taste buds singing.

Alternatively, you can add a splash of lemon juice or water to the mixture to give your truffles a tangy kick. This is perfect if you’re looking for something refreshing and unique.

If you’re an espresso fan like me, you can up the ante by adding instant espresso powder to the mixture. This will give your marzipan truffles a delicious coffee flavor that can be matched with either dark or white chocolate toppings – yum!

For those who are gluten-free or simply prefer not to use margarine, you can opt for plant-based oils like coconut oil or vegetable shortening. These substitutes work well but make sure to adjust the ratios accordingly and chill your mixture before rolling into balls.

Want to switch things up? You can replace the marzipan with raw almond meal paste or almond flour mixed with maple syrup. This will create a vegan-friendly version of this classically German dessert recipe. And for those chocoholics out there, why not use cacao powder in place of bittersweet chocolate? It’s an incredible way to add depth and richness to your desserts without using too much sugar.

Finally, top off your marzipan balls by tossing them in powdered sugar or crushed nuts like pistachios or almonds. These variations and substitutions will make your marzipan snowball truffles even more delicious and customizable than ever before!

Serving and Pairing

 A vegan twist on a classic holiday treat
A vegan twist on a classic holiday treat

Now that you have made your delicious marzipan snowball truffles, it’s time to serve them! These treats are perfect for any occasion, whether it be a casual get-together or a festive holiday gathering.

As the name suggests, these truffles resemble snowballs, making them a great addition to any winter-themed spread. You can even dust them with powdered sugar to give them an extra snowy appearance.

If you’re serving these truffles as a dessert option, I recommend pairing them with a nice cup of hot cocoa or tea. The sweetness of the truffle pairs well with warm and comforting beverages.

For an extra decadent dessert, try serving the truffles alongside some fresh fruit. The sweet and fruity flavors will perfectly complement the rich and nutty taste of the marzipan truffles. You can also drizzle some homemade caramel sauce over the fruit and truffles for an added burst of flavor.

Finally, if you’re looking for something creative, try using these vegan marzipan balls as a topping for your favorite smoothie bowl recipe. The snowball shape will add some fun texture contrast to your bowl, while adding some nutty flavor to your smoothie.

Overall, these marzipan snowball truffles are versatile treats that can be served in many different ways. Whether eaten alone or paired with other flavors, they are sure to impress everyone who tries them!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect size for popping in your mouth
The perfect size for popping in your mouth

When it comes to storing and reheating marzipan snowball truffles, it’s important to get it right to ensure maximum enjoyment. Luckily, these vegan truffles can be made well in advance and stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for up to 1 week. To prevent sticking, place a layer of parchment paper between each layer of truffles.

When it’s time to serve, bring the truffles back to room temperature before sinking your teeth into them. Avoid reheating the truffles in the microwave as this can cause them to melt and lose their shape. Instead, let them come to room temperature on their own or slightly warm them up in the oven at a low temperature for a few minutes.

If you’re planning on making a large batch of these marzipan snowball truffles, consider freezing them for later use. Simply place the truffles into an airtight container and freeze them for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to eat them, allow them to thaw at room temperature before diving in.

As with any dessert recipe, proper storage and reheating is key. Taking these steps will ensure that you can enjoy these delicious snowball truffles whenever you want, even if you made them days or even weeks ago!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Coated with a delicious layer of shredded coconut
Coated with a delicious layer of shredded coconut

Alright, this is the part where I’m going to give you some tips to help you nail these Marzipan Snowball Truffles like a pro. Let’s get started.

Tip #1: Use high-quality chocolate

For best results, use bittersweet chocolate that’s at least 70% cocoa solids. This will give your truffles a rich and intense chocolate flavor that complements the almond and maple syrup in the marzipan.

Tip #2: Chill the marzipan before rolling

If your marzipan is soft and sticky, try chilling it in the fridge for 10-15 minutes before rolling it into balls. This will make it much easier to handle and prevent it from melting when you dip it in chocolate.

Tip #3: Experiment with flavors

While this recipe is delicious as is, don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavor combinations. For example, you could add a pinch of instant espresso powder to the marzipan mixture for a subtle coffee flavor, or a squeeze of lemon juice for some tang.

Tip #4: Don’t forget the salt

A pinch of salt can make all the difference in bringing out the flavors of these truffles. Don’t skip it!

Tip #5: Be patient when melting chocolate

When melting the chocolate for dipping, take your time and use low heat. Chocolate can easily burn and become grainy if heated too quickly or at too high a temperature. Stir frequently and remove from heat as soon as it’s melted.

These tips should help you make some seriously delicious Marzipan Snowball Truffles that are sure to impress. Now get in that kitchen and start rolling!


Now, let’s move on to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) section. I know you probably have some questions in mind about this vegan recipe that you want to clarify. Don’t worry because I’ve got you covered! In this section, I’ll answer some of the most common questions that people ask about Marzipan Snowball Truffles. So, let’s dive into it!

Is marzipan suitable for vegans?

It’s important to verify the list of ingredients used in marzipan products to ensure that they align with vegan dietary restrictions, as certain brands might include dairy or egg products.

Is marzipan candy vegan?

The ingredients present in marzipan, namely sugar and almonds, are plant-based and therefore make it suitable for a vegan diet.

Is almond paste the same as marzipan?

The usage of “almond paste” and “marzipan” in recipes can be ambiguous as they are not interchangeable. Even though they both have almonds, their texture and purpose differ. Almond paste has a grainy texture, but it is softer than marzipan, making it suitable for spreading as a filling. In contrast, almond paste is more stable during baking.

Is marzipan dairy free?

When creating a dough that typically contains dried fruit, vanilla, sugar, milk, eggs, butter and rum, marzipan is often incorporated. However, the traditional recipe is not suitable for a vegan lifestyle.

Bottom Line

Now that you’ve seen how easy it is to make these decadent Marzipan Snowball Truffles, it’s time to get into your kitchen and start whipping up a batch. Whether you’re a vegan or not, this recipe is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and impress your guests.

So next time you’re looking for a dessert that’s both delicious and vegan-friendly, don’t hesitate to give these truffles a try. With their rich chocolate coating, gooey marzipan filling, and subtle hints of espresso and lemon, they’re guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.

And with the option to customize the recipe based on your preferences, dietary restrictions, or personal style, there’s no reason not to experiment and create your own unique versions of these indulgent treats.

So what are you waiting for? Get creative in the kitchen and start making some Marzipan Snowball Truffles today!

Marzipan Snowball Truffles (Vegan)

Marzipan Snowball Truffles (Vegan) Recipe

If you like Ritter Sport Marzipan bars, you'll LOVE these! In this case, the marzipan is on the outside, which makes them look like little snowballs, and means you don't have to temper the chocolate. This is my veganized version of a recipe found here:
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Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 3 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 36 truffles
Calories 122.1 kcal



  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (or dark chocolate, at least 60% cacao)
  • 1 cup minus two tablespoons soy coffee creamer (Silk brand)
  • 2 tablespoons margarine (Earth Balance)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (or your favorite liqueur)
  • 1 tiny pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder (or instant coffee powder)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or honey)


  • 3 cups skinned slivered almonds
  • 2 cups sugar (organic raw cane sugar)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom water (or rose water)
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tiny pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup almonds (extra, in case you need to grind up some more almond flour)


  • For the ganache:.
  • Cut the chocolate fine with a serrated knife. If it’s not fine, it will not melt. Make sure it’s at room temperature.
  • If the butter is not at room temperature, cut it fine as well. Place everything except the soy creamer in a wide bowl with a lid.
  • Heat the creamer and just when it comes to a boil, pour it over the remaining ingredients. Stir it gently until everything melts and it’s smooth and glossy. Let it sit open until the steam evaporates and it’s warm, not hot. Then cover with cling wrap, put the lid, and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.
  • Scoop out with a melon baller or teaspoon. Place the parchment on a metal pan and freeze (there’s no need to cover) for an hour until they turn rock solid.
  • For the marzipan:.
  • Keep a saucer (or two) in the freezer to chill.
  • Grind 3 cups of the almonds in a food processor (or in a spice grinder in 1/4 cup batches at a time) until it is a fine powder. It may turn a little pasty with the released oils, but that’s fine. Feel through the powder/paste with your fingers to make sure there are no pieces. If there are, remove the pieces and add them to the next grinding batch. Be patient ‘cos this takes a while.
  • Heat the water in a wide, heavy-bottomed pan. When it begins to simmer, add the sugar.
  • On medium heat, stir until all the sugar dissolves. Add the powdered almonds, orange blossom water/rose water, almond extract, salt and lemon juice.
  • Stir on medium heat and cook for a few minutes. Please do not leave the stove unattended, or it may burn. Cook it until it thickens and starts coming together into a paste.
  • Test a tiny bit on the chilled saucer. If it forms a soft ball that holds it shape, take it off the fire (about 240 F). Let it cool a bit uncovered and knead it into a soft, glossy ball.
  • Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for a couple of hours if you have the time. Else, let it cool completely. If it’s too loose, grind up the reserved almonds and add a couple tablespoons of the powder to the marzipan. Knead it in and leave it alone for half an hour. If it’s too dry, a bit of kneading will make it more pliable, or use a drop of water.
  • Assembling the truffles:.
  • Make sure the marzipan is at room temperature and soft at all times. If you think it’s drying up, knead it a bit until it becomes soft and glossy with slightly moist fingers. Else, the balls will crack while shaping.
  • Make sure the ganache balls are very cold. Else, they will ooze as you are folding the marzipan over them. If you sense them softening, stick them back in the freezer for five minutes.
  • Pinch out small pieces of the marzipan and roll them into balls slightly larger than the ganache balls. The softer and more pliable the marzipan is, the less you will need. So roll each ball between your palms until it is soft and shiny before spreading it with your fingertips into a round big enough to fit the chocolate centre.
  • Place the ganache ball in it, tuck up and seal the edges, and roll the whole thing between your palms until you have a smooth truffle.
  • Dip it in a bowl of sugar on all sides and place it in a box or mini-muffin paper liner. When they are all done, place them back in the refrigerator.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 40gCalories: 122.1kcalCarbohydrates: 13.8gProtein: 2.3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1.3gCholesterol: 4.4mgSodium: 13.6mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 12g
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