Saving a Family Marzipan Christmas Tradition

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The Adler family's holiday tradition hails from Vienna: hanging marzipan pringles (chocolate-covered marzipan rings with sprinkles) from the Christmas tree. But this year, the famous Elk Candy Store in Manhattan — longtime source of the holiday treats — was gone. A moment of despair was quickly followed by a decision to bake.

Margot's Make-Shift Recipe for Marzipan Pringles

Marzipan pringles

Marzipan pringles, made from memory. Margot Adler, NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Margot Adler, NPR

As remembered from five decades of buying them at the Elk Candy Store in New York City, which sorrowfully closed last year.

Ingredients:

3 boxes of marzipan paste, total 21 onces

2 packets of bakers chocolate, 16 oz, which should make about 30 rings (We made ours a little too big, so we only got 25.)

First, I have to say, no one in my family is a real cook or candy maker. So all we did is take marzipan paste and form them into rings. We melted semi-sweet bakers chocolate in a saucepan, then dipped each ring into the chocolate and placed it on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.

Then we sprinkled colored sprinkles on top and put the rings in the fridge while they hardened. Next, we took green ribbon and made each ring into a tree ornament (see picture).

In the tradition I remember, we would hang about 20 or 30 of them in very hard to find places, and spend the next week or so eating one each day. After New Years' day, it was always a special treat if you found one hidden in the tree as you put the decorations away.

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