you're looking for something to do today and you happen to like to eat
Play Doh, then you're in luck because it's National Marzipan Day!
This sugary treat may look like Play Doh but it's completely
edible. Let's get right into celebrating National Marzipan
WHY IS THIS A
Since it's a food holiday there's really no reason for
specific day to be chosen, as with most other food holidays, but this
treat is so well liked that it deserves its own holiday.
is a sweet, mold-able treat made from mostly sugar and almond meal or
paste. It'll end up looking like a big ball of Play Doh that you can
color with food coloring and then form into different shapes. The most
common shapes seem to be fruits or pigs for some reason.
is very similar to marzipan, but instead of using almonds they use
apricot or peach kernels. And in Goa they use cashews instead of
Although the origin of this treat is disputed, it
has become very common and is sometimes found in the center of
chocolate or molded into different figures and put on top of cakes. You
might have eaten some marzipan yourself and not realized it!
I'm not sure why this is only a national holiday when it's liked so
well around the world... In Italy you'll find fruit-shaped marzipan...
In Spain you'll find animal-shaped marzipan... In Greece you'll find
uncolored marzipan shapes... In Latin America they eat marzipan around
Christmas time... this stuff is everywhere! So if you haven't
tried out marzipan yourself yet, then today is a good day to start!
So how are you going to celebrate? Well you could find a
store online or a local bakery and get some pre-made marzipan shapes to
sample right away if you like. Some people get really creative with
their designs so you won't be limited on what you can choose from.
Or you could pick up some ready-made marzipan, add some food
coloring and shape it into something creative yourself. This would be a
quick and easy way to display your creativity and then eat your
masterpiece. And hey, if you're feeling lazy then just eat the marzipan
straight out of the package if you're curious how it tastes.
your house out of marzipan or your face... make your favorite animal or
food... make a cherry and put it on top of ice cream... make a bride
and groom for on top of a wedding cake... you can really make anything
But if you want to make your own marzipan, it's
really not that hard. There are very little ingredients and if you know
how to make dough then you'll be able to handle this too. I'm
sure kids would love this holiday but just be sure to tell them that
their Play Doh isn't the same stuff, otherwise they'll end up trying to
eat that too after today! Regardless of how you decide to
celebrate, I hope today is a sweet one for you!