NATIONAL MARZIPAN DAY
Join millions of people across the nation on January 12 as they participate in the annual National Marzipan Day.
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. Marzipan is also known to be shaped into small figures of animals, which in some countries is a favorite tradition on New Year’s Day.
To begin the production of marzipan, raw almonds are cleaned (by sieving, air elutriation and other electronic or mechanical devices) and then immersed 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. The almonds are then cooked, coarsely chopped and ground (with up to 35% sugar) into almond flour.
Sugar and possibly a binding agent such as corn syrup or sorbitol are added to the almond flour mixture which has been roasted and cooled. It is then ready to be molded into any shape.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Make some marzipan to share with family and friends. Use #NationalMarzipanDay to post on social media.
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