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Most of us agree that it just wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without chocolate…but for me, it wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without Chocolate-Covered Marzipan Hearts.  I discovered them even before I met my real Valentine (and no I don’t mean dark Swiss chocolate…I’m talking about my hubby ;) ). 

Prior to finding an online Swiss chocolate reseller here in the U.S., the best chocolate I could get my hands on was Godiva, so I occasionally went there for a little sweet indulgence.  A few years ago around Valentine’s Day I happened to be at a Godiva store and saw one of their seasonal treats:  Chocolate-Covered Marzipan Hearts!  I had never had them before and curiosity got the better of me; I ended up trying one and instantly falling in love.  I’ve been making them every year for Valentine’s Day since then…and now I get to share them with my real Valentine, who also loves them.

Chocolate-Covered Marzipan Hearts

(This is more of a method than an actual recipe…adjust amounts for how much you want to make.)

Marzipan (see here if you want to make homemade)

Couverture chocolate (I like dark, but you could use milk or a combination of both)

Shape marzipan into hearts (I did mine free-form, but you could look for a heart-shaped mold if you prefer), balls, or any shape you like.  Melt chocolate in microwave or double boiler (see here if you want to temper it).  Dip marzipan into chocolate and leave it to harden.

Wondering what to do if you have leftover chocolate? (For some reason I always seem to melt more chocolate than I need.)

Of course you could make hot chocolate.

Or make pretty little heart-shaped chocolates (just pipe little free-form hearts onto parchment paper)…

Or decorate a dessert plate with pretty Valentine’s designs (don’t be intimidated, I have the sloppiest handwriting ever and they still look decent…I’m sure your decorations will look much better than mine!)…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. These look so sweet and cute…perfect for Valentine’s Day. i think I would eat that any time my chocolate craving hits me :D Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day.

  2. Ah I love marzipan and these hearts are so cute! Great idea :)

  3. Oh what a sweet treat, I LOVE marzipan so this would warm my heart on St-Valentine’s Day or any day of the year. Glad your hubby loves them too!

  4. Great chocolate hearts!! I’ve never worked with marzipan before, but these look really easy to make.

  5. those are so beuatiful faith. hope you had a great day!

  6. What a gorgeous chocolate creation! I adore marzipan. I guess I’ve always known of it, but we only really discovered it after visiting Vienna where everything named for Mozart includes marzipan. Love it!

  7. Perfect little hearts, Faith. And what a cute idea to write on the plate! Hope you had a nice V-day!

  8. YUMMMM. you sure are good with these chocolate decorations, and chocolate covered marzipans are definitely a wonderful change over the usual old boring chocolates! Happy Valentine’s day to u!

  9. what a perfect valentine’s day creation! your draping of chocolate is magnificent. :)

  10. 5 Star Foodie says:

    These hearts sound absolutely terrific, such a delicious sweet treat! Hope you had a great Valentine’s day!

  11. These are just adorable. And I agree, I don’t think Valentine’s Day can be complete without chocolate! Thank you for sharing with me tonight. Hugs and well wishes from Austin! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  12. Woman, I’m so making these next year! Thanks for the great idea!

  13. If I gave these to hubby he would be mine forever. At least he’d follow me around and be for me to make these daily. That could be…interesting. I love your plate decorations.

  14. I am a marzipan stalker. I try it wherever I go all over the world. I have found a homemade recipe that is better than any I can buy in my neck of the woods – and probably equals the best out their sans making it beside a tree when almonds are fresh and in season. And with chocolate: a marriage made in heaven.
    I love your free form hearts, Faith. They look more “heartfelt” and that there is love worked right into them.
    Happy Heart Day to you and your hubby!

  15. Faith, I love marzipan, and even better covered with chocolate…so pretty :-)

  16. I have managed to avoid chocolate all day :) I wouldn’t be able to resist your chocolate covered marzipan hearts – so sweet! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  17. I love these little chocolate hearts! How wonderful to be able to actually make them!

  18. These chocolate covered marzipans are adorable and I bet they taste delicious too. I’d love to have a bite of one even though it’s past Valentine’s!

  19. Oh my Faith, you must be having a real steady hand. Love this!

  20. Oh yes, they would have been a must have to on V Day (maybe on any day), they look awfully cute too :)

  21. These are beautiful and perfect for Valentine’s Day! They must be so delicious. I will definitely have to make them.

  22. I’ve never worked with marzipan before. The name alone kind of scares me! These look decadent enough to get over my fears quickly, however! YUM!

  23. I adore marzipan! What a great idea and you make it sound so easy! I could totally see making various shapes throughout the year to match whatever holiday or birthday or what-have-you event is happening, then enjoy the decadent treat anytime. Thanks! Happy V-day to you and your hubbie!

  24. My mouth is watering, I am crazy abgout marzipan :) Diane

  25. They’re like petit fours served at high-end restaurants.

    Who will you gift to? They’ll be so lucky. :)

    Happy V-Day!

  26. I’d run out to Godiva to buy those chocolate marzipans right now, but I know it would be a mob scene. The chocolates you made are adorable and I love the decorated plate – somehow I don’t think my chocolate writing would look nearly that perfect. Happy Valentine’s Day, Faith!

  27. So adorable! My mom just loves marzipan, so I should really whip some of these up for her really quick… It would make her day. Thanks for the inspiration!

  28. Faith, these are stunning! Perfect dessert for Valentine’s — I love marzipan and am sure they are delicious. Look so easy to make, too–gorgeous photos. Happy Valentine’s Day!!

  29. Wow! The chocolaty hearts look so cute, lovely and creative presentation.

  30. These are lovely Faith! I love marzipan – never had it with chocolate like this! Your writing is much better than mine and I bet the couverture is nice to work with. It looks so smooth.

  31. I love marzipan and these are perfect for Valentines Day. I bet the man is a happy one.

  32. I love your ideas! They look delicious and sweet! And those Marzipan Hearts, amazing and definitely easy enough for me to try!

  33. I’ve never had these, but now you’ve got me intrigued. They’re so pretty, and your plate decorated with chocolate is gorgeous. So creative!

  34. These marzipan hearts are precious! The decorated plate is adorable too. Faith, I want you to be my Valentine :) Enjoy your day with your hubs & this fine chocolate. xo

  35. I love how totally easy this is! And I, for one, can never turn down anything with almond paste or marzipan in it. ;)

  36. These look like something I have to try at once, and a lot of them too:) Your ideas are so sweet and creative. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your hubby!

  37. Absolutely perfect for valentine.I love marzipan.These hearts look so cute..I think the bitterness combines well with chocolate.Happy V-day!

  38. Love these cute little chocolates and your leftover chocolate suggestions. Looking at the decorated plate, one could not believe that you have sloppy handwriting. That is such a beautifully self decorated plate! Have a happy valentines day with your valentine, Faith!

  39. Oh I love marzipan. To dip them in chocolate too? Pure indulgence! Shape them into little cute hearts? Simply divine :D. And so perfect for Valentine’s! I wouldn’t mind devouring a few pieces here, actually, I might just take the whole batch ;). Happy Valentine’s Day!

  40. Those look absolutely perfect for Valentines. I can almost taste them! And how brilliant to use your leftover chocolate for writing and decorations. That would make any valentine smile with delight!

  41. Oh my GOd, u have all my favs posted always!
    I ate sooo muc of chocolate covered marzipan for Christmas and actually wanna make this first thing in the morn ,but i still havent ground my nuts for the marzipan!
    I make marzipan outa cashewnuts and want to bake the italian cookie with almonds!
    I wonder what time i will open my eyes!
    U have done beautifully with free form!
    Dont even say that , i think ur writing is not only creative but beautiful too!
    ANd ur free form hearts are perfect!
    I have never made them without a cookie cutter and i work with milk chocolate , totally messy i know , but thats what i love!
    Though semi sweet or dark is way easier to work with for sure!
    Have a wonderful Valentine Faith , jus like u!
    Wishing u 365 days of love and joy!

  42. I love marzipan. These are so adorable, I think me and my husband would love them for a Valentines treat. I saw your cauliflower dish over at She’s Cookin and had to say hi. You have so many lovely recipes to choose from. Happy Valentines Day!

  43. What a treat! I’m not sure I’ve ever actually had marzipan, but the hearts sure look pretty :) Happy (early) Valentine’s day

  44. They are cute as can be and what a sweet treat for your hubby :) I confess, I’ve never worked with marzipan. Love the decorations you made with the leftover chocolate!

  45. Faith,

    This chocolate covered marzipan looks delicious.

  46. Lovely! A great Valentine’s Day treat.



  47. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with both of your true loves!

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