National Marzipan Day is a sweet American holiday dedicated to marzipan. Celebrated every year on January 12th. This delicacy in the simplest version is a mixture of almond flour and powdered sugar or syrup, which is prepared on the basis of honey. In the modern version, marzipan can be found in glazing (lemon, chocolate, etc.).
The taste of marzipan cannot be confused with anything else. It successfully combines sweet honey and almond notes. Pleasant elastic texture improves taste perception. There is no exact information about when National Marzipan Day was coined. However, this makes no difference, because on this day you can taste delicious and natural sweetness, the origin of which is still hotly debated.
Most researchers agree that marzipan was invented in Persia. He came to Europe along with merchants from Turkey, who often took this sweet with them on their way.
In the US, marzipan is prepared as follows. First, the almonds are crushed, blanched and turned into almond paste (which contains about 30% sugar or a little more). Next is roasting followed by cooling. The last step is to add sugar and a binder (such as corn syrup) to give the sweetness an elastic texture.
- In the Middle Ages, marzipan was considered a medicine. This idea was actively promoted by the French physician Arnaldus de Villa Nova, who lived at the end of the 13th century.
- Marzipan was considered a status delicacy. It was often given to emperors and persons from the upper strata of the population. Sweets were served to foreign guests.
- In Western European countries, marzipan is considered a Christmas sweet. He must be present on the festive table.
How to celebrate
Gather with family or friends around the table and enjoy this sweet on National Marzipan Day. If you like to cook something new, then carefully study the recipe for homemade marzipan and prepare a delicacy yourself. Create marzipan figurines to make a sweet composition. Use food coloring to add color to your treat!
Share information about the holiday on social networks. Tell interesting facts about marzipan. Discuss on the culinary forums how best to cook this sweet yourself at home.
When is National Marzipan Day celebrated in 2024?
National Marzipan Day is observed on January 12 each year.