Celebrate marzipan, the sweet, almond-based multi-purpose confectionary on January 12, Marzipan Day.
Marzipan is one of those food items that evoke extreme reactions. Love it or hate it, it is one of the most well-known and widely used food item in kitchens and bakeries around the world.
Made of almond meal and sugar, marzipan is usually used to decorate cakes. Its dough-like consistency makes it an ideal material to make novelty shapes and figures.
Some historians believe that marzipan has Arabic roots, while others believe that the Chinese introduced it to the world. Either way, it has now become the mainstay of holiday and wedding celebrations in many parts of the world.
How to Celebrate?
Make your own marzipan and use it to make treats.
If you can’t make your own marzipan, buy pre-made marzipan and shape it.
Learn the different ways marzipan is used by people in different cultures.
Did You Know...
…that the wild varieties of almond are not fit for human consumption? This is because they contain a compound called glycoside amygdalin, which turns into hydrogen cyanide if the seed is crushed or injured.