KERNEL PASTE is made from apricot kernels. Inside the pit of an apricot is a “kernel” that has a distinctive almond-like flavor. Benzaldehyde is the naturally-occurring flavor component that we all identify as “almond,” and apricot kernels contain a lot of it. The apricot pits are shelled to yield their kernels. American Almond blanches the kernels to remove their skins, grind them and then cook them with pure cane sugar to complete the process. The finished product has a slightly stronger bitter almond flavor.
PISTACHIO PRALINE is the secret ingredient in European-style butter cookies, ice creams, Spumoni and other easy-to-make confections. We lightly toast pistachios then grind and blend them with sugar and flavorings. Some oil is added to make the paste smooth and creamy.
Marzipan is a soft pliable paste prepared from blanched almonds and sugar. It is often sculpted into fanciful shapes or coated in chocolate to make delicious confections. It can be tinted and rolled thin to cover celebration cakes. Our premium quality marzipan is made with 40% select grade almonds.
HAZELNUT PRALINE/PASTE is one of our most popular products. Praline paste is made from dry-roasted hazelnuts that are ground and blended with sugar to make a smooth, sweet paste just right for flavoring buttercream icings, puddings, ice creams and velvety fudges.
ALMOND PASTE is characterized as having a sweet and balanced almond flavor. American Almond brand Almond Paste is prepared from select grades of almonds grown in California. After blanching, the almonds are ground and then cooked with pure granulated cane sugar to a smooth paste.