Copycat Solo Almond Paste

If you go to Solo’s website, they give you the list of ingredients:

Blanched Almonds, sugar, water, natural flavor, potassium sorbate (preservative)

Picture from http://picklesandcheeseblog.blogspot.com/2010_01_01_archive.html

 Here are the assumptions and the math, if you care.

1) Assume that sugar adds no fat and that the weights of the “natural flavor” and potassium sorbate are negligible- meaning, calculations will pretend that the almond paste is just made of blanched almonds, sugar, and water.
2) Assume that the blanched almonds in their almond paste contains the same nutritional composition as those used in Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour.
3) Assume that sugar has the same nutritional composition as listed on wikipedia and other links.

Okay. Let’s begin!


This is where weight reigns supreme over volume!
On Bob’s website, it says that 28 grams of almond meal contains 14 grams of fat and 160 calories.
Solo’s almond paste says that 40 grams of paste contains 10 grams of fat and 180 calories.

If almonds are the only source of fat, you can say:
28/14 = x/10

(for those who have forgotten their algebra, that means, if 28 grams of almond meal contributes 14 grams of fat, how many grams of almond contributes 10 grams of fat? )

Also, you see from up top that 1 gram of almond meal = 0.5 gram of fat, so you can say that twice of 10 is 20.

20 grams of almonds in 40 grams of almond paste = 50% almonds

Bob’s website also says that 28 grams of almond meals contains 1 gram of sugar.
1/28=x/40 , solved for x, tells you that there are 1.43 grams of sugar from the almonds in the 40 grams of paste.

Solo says that 40 grams of paste contains 16 grams of sugar.

16-1.43 = 14.57 grams of sugar are contributed from sugar.

14.57 grams of sugar in 40 grams of almond paste = 36.4% sugar

40-20-14.57 = 5.43, which leaves us at 13.6% water 

So there you have it, folks. 

Okay, let’s check with the calories:
20 grams of almonds * 160 cal/28 g = 114.3 calories
14.57 grams of sugar * 3.87 cal/g = 56.4 calories
Total calories = 170.7
I’m 9.3 calories off, but…not bad, right? that’s less than 5% error.

So, go forth and make your own almond paste (by weight, please) to copy Solo’s:

Blanched Almonds (50%), sugar (36.4%), water (13.6%)

Hopefully no one will hunt me down for doing this!

Enjoy! 

2 Comments

  1. I was looking for this option. I prefer to make my own fillings for kolaches. The Solo almond filling was divine in Buchty. I\’m going to give this a try. Thanks!

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