Marzipan pigs, a Christmas tradition

Heidi Håvan Grosch Sparbu, Norway Playing with marzipan is like playing with play dough… except you can eat it! In Norway it is used to cover cakes, often cakes filled with cream. Yum! It is also a traditional Norwegian Christmas treat. Marzipan is a paste made of almond, milk, and sugar. It is very popular in many places in Europe. In Germany, Schwein gehabt or “having a pig” means being lucky. This expression goes back to the medieval times when a farmer who had a lot of pigs that year was really lucky. When you give someone a marzipan pig, you are wishing him or her good luck for the next year. If you find an almond in your traditional Christmas porridge, you might get a marzipan pig for a prize. In the very, very olden days, a single lady wanted to find the almond because it meant she would get married the next year! A little history Marzipan became popular in
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