Travel Photo of the Day: Marzipan

Marzipan comes in different shapes and sizes

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

A street vendor makes marzipan squirrels at a festival in Norway.

Traditionally made with three basic ingredients — almond paste, confectioners’ sugar, and (sometimes) oil or extract — marzipan is a malleable dessert that comes in many shapes and sizes.

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The simple dessert is thought to have been created in Persia (known today as Iran), yet the origin is still disputed. Countries including Greece, Hungary, Italy, Turkey, and Spain all claim original marzipan recipes, so who’s to say who was first? Regardless, modern EU law dictates that products marketed and sold as marzipan "must have a minimum almond oil content of 14 percent and a maximum moisture content of 8.5 percent."

Variations exist, however, based on location. Common ingredients added to marzipan include rosewater, honey, pistachios, and hazelnuts.

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