J’s parents were visiting last week, and when they first arrived in our new apartment, his mother handed me a white box tied with a ribbon. Inside were some pink sugar-coated spheres, and I paused for a moment, wondering what they were.
I didn’t understand all of what his mother said about them, but I did get that the company, Katri Antell, has been making these for a long time, and that they’re marzipan. That was a magic word for me– I love marzipan! I pulled one out and saw that they have little green leaf-shapes on top– they were strawberries! How sweet.
And sweet they are, literally. The green leaf on top is odd– not sugary at all, actually more floury-tasting– and the sugar coating is very, very crunchy and sweet. The plain marzipan inside is also on the sweet side– not too much almond flavor and certainly no bitter almond-ness.
I was able to find a bit more information about the company online. Katri Antell is a bakery and restaurant that has existed since 1880, making it the second-oldest bakery in Finland. It appears to have several locations, though it started as a family company. Most of the emphasis seems to be on the place as a bakery, and I couldn’t find any information about confections made by the company. But I am thinking we should drop by their bakery/restaurant next time we’re in Oulu to check out what else Katri Antell has to offer…