According to Sokol Custom Food Ingredients – a family-owned company that has been developing custom food formulations for 125 years – its almond paste is the leader in the category in the US and is ideally suited to help bakers add a nutty note and sweetness to a broad range of products.
Better still, with ingredient prices spiking around the globe, Sokol’s almond paste is 100% American-made, meaning lower freight costs and a smaller environmental footprint.
“Many almond paste products are sourced and produced overseas, leading to rising costs and supply chain concerns,” said Shannon Pimmel, marketing manager of Sokol.
“Our almond paste is 100% American-made, creating a more dependable supply chain, lowering freight costs and ensuring top quality to all customers.
“We can also accommodate any need for kosher, halal, gluten-free, organic and non-GMO manufacturing.”
Six generations of dedication
Sokol’s almond paste is manufactured in a kosher-approved, SQF-certified processing facility in Countryside, Illinois, and can be shipped anywhere in the US in catering sizes for inhouse bakeries, foodservice and large-scale baking operations.
Although often connected with marzipan – and thus Christmas – almond paste is actually quite different. It has a coarser texture but is much softer than marzipan, which allows it to be spread as a filling. Unlike marzipan, almond paste holds up in baking.
“Almond paste is a baking staple used in many well-loved baked goods recipes, such as bear claws where its rich almondy sweetness can elevate a recipe,” added Pimmel.