Sunday, February 7, 2010

Eat with your Eyes: Aldi Dominos

My mother sent me these Milk Chocolate Domino Cubes from Aldi before the holidays.


The package says: Gingerbread cookies with apple jelly and persipan coated with milk chocolate. I didn’t know what persipan was, but when I tasted it, it was a lot like marzipan. I looked it up and it pretty much is marzipan except it’s made with apricot kernels instead of almonds. Ultimately I wasn’t sure if these were candy or petit fours. I preferred the dark chocolate ones, the milk version (which photographed better) were very sweet and the gingerbread cake part just wasn’t spicy enough for me.

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  1. Dominoes are a classic German treat (which is why I guess you can get them in Aldi). I remember I used to get these all the time when I lived in Germany, though I don’t think I ever tried Aldi’s brand.

    Comment by Richard @ The Bewildered Brit on 2/07/10 at 10:21 am #
  2. I have never heard of anything like this before… and it’s pretty fortuitous timing, as I’ll be in Germany in a month’s time and can look for the real deal! Though for some reason I always thought apricot kernels were poisonous…

    Comment by Hannah on 2/07/10 at 12:07 pm #
  3. Hannah, I have heard that peach pits are poisonous (contain cyanide) and maybe that is what you are thinking of. Or perhaps apricot kernels also do, but in minuscule amounts ...? Or perhaps neither one is true!

    Comment by Jennifer on 2/08/10 at 6:35 am #
  4. Jennifer, maybe there’s a fruit-kernel lover out there spreading false rumours so that other people don’t eat the food s/he wants! raspberry

    Comment by Hannah on 2/08/10 at 6:49 am #
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    I too was confused about eating apricot kernels (I noticed Trader Joe’s was selling them last year - they looked like small almonds). I looked it up online and confirmed that they do contain cyanide compounds and they can be deadly. Basically it’d take an ingestion of about a half a pound in one sitting to cause issues. I don’t know if there are problems with small amounts over an extended period of time.

    Comment by Cybele on 2/08/10 at 6:54 am #
  6. Domino Steine!  My German boyfriend stayed in the USA for this past Christmas and Domino Steine were one of his requests for the Christmas plate, along with marzipan potatoes.  I also got them from Aldi.  I liked something about them but I would have preferred a thinner jelly layer.

    Comment by JoAnn on 2/09/10 at 2:56 am #
  7. FYI, amaretto liquor and amaretti cookies are often made with ground apricot kernels.

    Comment by Marianne on 2/18/10 at 5:26 am #
  8. Marzipan is made from almonds, persipan is made from apricot kernels. Both plants are part of the same botanic family (lat. Prunus) and contain notable amounts of hydrogen cyanide. Usually special cultivars of both plants with lower levels of cyanide are used for food production and the kernels are roasted to reduce the cyanide concentration. So there is no notable difference in between marzipan and persipan.

    Comment by buffalo on 2/21/10 at 3:45 am #
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