Forget politics. This year, the most heated debate at the Thanksgiving table began when my brother-in-law declared his aversion to marzipan. For the half of us with German heritage, those were fighting words. Although it is beloved by many cultures around the world, marzipan is the German name for a paste made from sugar and ground almonds that is often shaped into special figures to give and serve during the holidays. Growing up, it was a treat to visit my parents’ German friends at Christmastime and receive a gift of marzipan molded in the shapes of fruit.
My love for this almond confection is equaled only by my devotion to tea, so it was serendipity when I discovered Winter Palace Marzipan Rooibos from The Tea Shoppe. A ruddy blend with intense almond flavor, this crimson concoction tastes like a brewed bonbon. While rooibos does not contain any actual tea leaves, it makes an herbal infusion that is commonly referred to as “bush tea” in its native South Africa. It is caffeine-free and has a number of health benefits, but the variety was likely chosen in this blend for its warm hue and mild flavor, which allows the almond to dominate.
With its coppery color and flecks of dried fruit and slivered almonds, Winter Palace Marzipan Rooibos would make a merry gift for any almond and/or tea enthusiasts on your list…including yourself! Savor a sip by the tree as you hum O Tannenbaum, or host a holiday tea and pair it with German lebkuchen and marzipan stollen. With a hot cup on hand, you’ll manage those mounds of holiday tasks in a state of pure almond joy.
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Winter Palace Marzipan Rooibos is also available from Amazon and a variety of online retailers.