The precious Cocoa Beans were used as a currency and as a unit of calculation in the Mayan and Aztec Cultures.
Although it is believed to have originated in Persia (present-day Iran) and to have been introduced to Europe through the Turks, there is some dispute between Hungary and Italy over its origin. Marzipan became a specialty of the Baltic Sea region of Germany. In particular, the city of Lübeck has a proud tradition of marzipan manufacture (Lübecker Marzipan). The city's manufacturers like Niederegger still guarantee their marzipan to contain two thirds almonds by weight, which results in a juicy,
Marzipan is a confection made of almond meal and sugar. It acts as a moistening agent like egg whites, fondant, glucose, corn syrup or water. It is made in to cake icing, candies or as a cake ingredient. It is naturally sweet so it can be eaten on its own.
As cake icing, marzipan is turned into a thin sheet and glazed over a cake. To make it sticking firmly to the cake, a fruit glaze is applied between the the glaze and the cake. As a decoration, the marzipan glazing carefully smoothens the icing all over the cake. The result is a bubble-free or wrinkle-free iced cake.
As decoration, marzipan is easily shaped into different shapes of animals, people, flowers, fruits or just about anything. It has the characteristic of being soft and having a malleable texture, thus creating various shapes out of them easy. It can be dyed or air brushed with colors that it can make realistic imitations of any shape. It can also be cut in to shapes of numbers and letters with the help of a sharp knife or cookie cutter.
As a candy, this is a favorite amongst kids and adults. This is because it is presented in various shapes and forms and has a sweet and nutty taste with all its natural ingredients. It can be as simple as a block of granulated sugar-covered sweet almond paste but dipped in chocolate. Candy or chocolate stores sell them in either bite sizes or larger blocks in different shapes of animals, people, flowers and fruits. During Christmas season, a lot of it is shaped in to Santa Claus.
This sweet is available in almost all baking shops, candy or grocery stores. To make it at home, all one has to do is purchase a paste, mix it equally with powdered sugar and slowly adding small amounts of corn syrup until it the mixture is slightly dry, has dough-like consistency and soft.
Serenata also is selling this sweet and delectable treat.