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Join millions of people across the nation on January 12th as they participate in the annual National Marzipan Day. Delve into a sweet confection on National Marzipan Day. On January 12th, the celebration kicks off with creatively formed confections that delight the eyes and mouth!

For anyone who does not know, Marzipan is a confection made primarily of sugar or honey and ground almonds, sometimes augmented with almond oil or extract. Although it is often made into sweets such as marzipan-filled chocolate and small imitations of fruits and vegetables, it is also commonly rolled into thin sheets and used as a glaze for icing cakes. Some people specialize in creating small, marzipan animal figures. In some countries, they incorporate this tradition into their New Year’s Day celebrations. 

Confectioners make marzipan by cleaning raw almonds (by sieving, air elutriation and other electronic or mechanical devices) and then immersing them in water with a temperature just below the boiling point for about five minutes. This process loosens the skin of the almonds, which is removed by passing them through rubber-covered rotating cylinders. They then cook the almonds and coarsely chopped and ground (with up to 35% sugar) into almond flour. 

After roasting and cooling the almond flour mixture, the confectioner adds sugar and possibly a binding agent such as corn syrup or sorbitol. It is then ready to be molded into any shape. 

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HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMarzipanDay

On this creative holiday, test your artistic skills by making some marzipan. Decorate a cake or make decorations for cookies. Custom make some candies for a special occasion. Invite the family to join you. You could also take a class to master the skill of making marzipan. Do you know someone who makes marzipan? Give them a shout out for their amazing creations. 

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