Marzipan and Other Types of Sugar Confectionary

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It might feel odd to think about sweet treats again so soon after the Winter holiday season. But, alas, we’re back with more history and fun facts about what we put in our body. Today, in honour of its national holiday, we’re pushing the spotlight on marzipan! Love it or hate it, it is a staple of the confectionary world. Join us in exploring its past as well as the other delicacies it stands alongside.

What is Marzipan?

Marzipan is a confection primarily consisting of sugar, honey, and almond meal (ground almonds). These ingredients created a dough-like mixture. Often, it shapes into sweets: common uses are chocolate-covered pieces or small imitation of fruits and vegetables. What’s more, some countries shape into small animals figures as a traditional treat for New Year’s Day or Christmas.

Additionally, makers use it to ice cakes, more traditionally:

Its History

Marzipan has two proposed lines of origin. But, these factors aren’t necessarily contradictory.

First, historians link it to Northeast Mediterranean cooking. Specifically being introduce to Eastern Europe by the Turks via either Hungary or Italy. There are two cities in particular who have a proud manufacturing history: Lübeck in Northern Germany, and Tallinn in Estonia. Additionally, Köingsberg in East Prussia renowns itself from a special type that is golden brown and embedded with a marmalade centre.

The second possible origin is the Iberian Peninsula. In fact, The Book of One Thousand and One Nights mentions the eating of an almond paste during Ramadan. Mazapán is still Toldeo’s most famous dessert to this day. For it, almonds have to be at least 50% of the total weight.

This is where marzipan differs in other countries. For example, in the US some brands consist of only 28% marzipan. However, in Sweden and Finland, almond paste is only the confectionary if it contains 50% ground almonds. And the famous towns in Germany? Well, they desire 66% almonds.

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Other Confectionary

Marzipan not really tickling your taste buds? Check out these other sweet confectionary treats.

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Lydia B.

Lydia B.

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