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Where to buy Almond Paste?

I'm going to make pignoli nut cookies this weekend but don't know where to buy almond paste. I vaguely remember seeing it at Massis in Watertown- can anyone confirm if they have it? I'd rather stay IN Boston... how about the North End?

Thank you!!

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  1. I've gotten it many times at the Fresh Pond Whole Foods, but even places like Star and Stop & Shop often carry it . . . duno about Massis, but you could call them, Sevan too.


    1. You might try calling Trader Joes - they carry it at this time of year in their west coast stores, and it's excellent and cheap. I've never seen it since moving east (they have different distribution systems out here, unfortunately we're missing a lot of the good stuff), and maybe it was even discontinued out west- so it's probably worth calling before you head out. But could be worth a shot.

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      1. re: another_adam

        Last time I asked at Trader Joe's, they didn't carry it.

        1. re: another_adam

          Trader Joe's sells ground almonds though. So you could make your own.

        2. Polcari's has it, right in the North End. It is sold by weight in odd-sized plastic-wrapped chunks.

          1. Its super easy to make and a lot cheaper too. Here's a recipe!
            1-1/2 cups blanched almonds
            1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
            1 egg white
            1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
            1/4 teaspoon salt
            Place almonds in a food processor; cover and process until smooth. Add the confectioners' sugar, egg white, extract and salt; cover and process until smooth.
            Divide almond paste into 1/2-cup portions; place in airtight containers. Refrigerate for up to 1 month or freeze for up to 3 months. Yield: 1-1/2 cups.
            Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 tablespoon) equals 84 calories, 5 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 29 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

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            1. re: somerville01

              do you think almond flour would work? It seems it would be a lot finer texture than you could get at home.
              I'm thinking Bob's Red Mill Almond flour that I've used for macarons.

              1. re: gracenote

                Note, this thread is four years old, so will likely not get much response.

            2. Thanks guys! I actually just ran to Whole Foods in Beacon Hill and they had it, surprisingly (?!). Chowhounders make like so much easier, again. YAY.

              Pinch of Salt, thought about Polcari's. Will go there next time, probably cheaper.

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              1. re: SaraASR

                For the future, they have it in tubs at Arax. I bet theirs is great.

                1. re: yumyum

                  Thank you! Another reason to go to Watertown and fill my belly with Mt. Auburn deliciousness.

              2. I *just* purchased it yesterday (for the very same reason) at Stop and Shop on Rte 28/Rte 38 in Somerville. Forget the brand, but it is the one I have always used, and it is sweet and smooth and delicious!

                1. I just bought some at Maria's Pastry in the North End. It is much less expensive than the other places and it's fresh. Comes in a plastic bag with a twist tie. $6.99 per LB. You can park legally out front for 15 minutes - a bonus! It's on Cross St.

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                  1. re: pariss

                    Um, I think I'm goign to return what I just bought at Whole Foods (can I do that with a receipt?) Maria's is my favorite and I love to support local businesses... other than it being super fresh, cheaper, and probably better. Thanks so much, Pariss!

                    1. re: SaraASR

                      You can always return anything to WFM, even w/o a receipt - beautiful thing. I'm gonna get myself a tub of the stuff at Arax! Didn't know, and live very closeby . . . . so thanks for this thread!


                      1. re: gansu girl

                        I think it is a pretty standard supermarket item. I got some at Foodmaster in Medford last week. However, they can run out around holiday time.

                        1. re: pemma

                          It is (see my response earlier in the thread), but it usually comes in a smallish tube at the supermarket, and I'm intrigued by "the tub!" I love the stuff.


                  2. The best almond flour I have found locally is right at Superior Nut Company on McGrath Highway. You can order via the website, and then pick up [make a note in the comments area] Tuesday through Friday, or have them mail it to you.

                    1. its available at all area supermarkets. ie, Stop and Shop, Shaws etc.
                      Company name is Odense, kind of pricey, comes in a 7oz roll for between $6-$7.

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                      1. re: janzy

                        Odense is widely available, but not particularly good quality. Very sweet, not really almond-y enough.

                        Solo brand is better, also widely available in supermarkets (in a small can about the size of a condensed milk can, often in the Kosher section.)

                        I haven't tried the bulk almond paste from Polcari's, Maria's, or Arax. My favorite is the American Almond Products/Love 'n' Bake brand, also in a small can - I've bought it from King Arthur Flour online and in their shop, but recently confirmed that Russo's carries it as well at a significantly lower price.

                        1. re: Allstonian

                          i think that is a terrific brand. i really like their pistachio paste. WF sometimes has that line.

                        2. re: janzy

                          Yeah, I know that one. But as you said it's very pricey. I was hoping to find something cheaper but you know since Trader Joe's sells ground almonds, I'll just make it myself. When I do, I'll report on the results here.

                        3. violette bakery in cambr- mass ave- sells their own fresh almond paste: