Due to almonds it contains (the source of lecithin), marzipan stimulates the nerve cell activity and is recommended as an “energy bomb” to those engaged in hard work, as well as to pupils and students preparing for their exams. Marzipan gives you energy without harming the body unlike some modern “energy drinks”. The only thing to remember is that eating marzipan in very large quantities can damage your figure.
In the Middle Ages, marzipan was sold by pharmacists. They recommended it as a medicine for treating physical and mental disorders. Pharmacies used special Latin name Marci panis for it. In those days marzipan was a really exquisite delicacy, available only to the wealthy.
In Russia, marzipan became known from tales of Andersen, Hoffmann and Grimm brothers, where it symbolizes the children’s happiness and magic. Under the tsars marzipan was produced for more than one hundred years. Only very wealthy people could afford such rare and exquisite delicacy. It was a gift worthy of the emperor himself – a truly royal treat!
In the Soviet Union they made marzipan in the “Westernized” Estonia, which served as a showcase for the entire country. Until today the Danish-owned factory “Kalev” makes its famous brand chocolates with marzipan, well-known to those born in the USSR, along with marzipan in chocolate and other marzipan products.
They say that confectioners of an old Hanseatic city of Lübeck (Germany) know nearly two hundred recipes: marzipan with oranges, pineapples or rum. True connoisseurs know that marzipan is made according to a fairly complex formula and, ideally, contains at least 28-33% of almonds. Almonds themselves must be of high quality. All the details are important: sort of nuts, their flavor, moisture and time of harvest.
Marzipan is also made with other nuts (Indian nuts or peanuts). In such a case production is cheaper, but, in fact, the resulting product cannot really be called marzipan, as the real marzipan consists only of sugar and almonds.