January 12th is National Marzipan Day.
Marzipan has been used for centuries in many parts of the world. It is a sweet, pliable mixture of almond paste and sugar. It is used in cookies, breads, and cakes both as a filling and as a topping. The most notable use is when it is colored and molded into tiny fruits, flowers, and animals.
Where did marzipan come from?
It is generally believed that marzipan was created when a great drought hit Italy. Almonds were one of the only crops to survive. During this time various almond foods sprung up from almond soup and breads to sweet treats, including marzipan.
You can make your own marzipan; however, you can find it in the supermarket in the baking section. Pick some up and create your very own candy fruit!
Don’t forget to pick up food coloring to “paint” the marzipan.