Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A confection made of ground almonds or almond paste, egg whites, and sugar, often molded into decorative shapes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A confection of almond paste, sugar and egg white.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A confection made of almonds and sugar mixed into a paste and molded into shapes. Same as marchpane

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. almond paste and egg whites

Etymologies

German, from Italian marzapane, container of a standard size, marzipan, from obsolete Italian, fine box for rare coins or comfits, perhaps from Arabic mawṯabān, king on the throne, Byzantine coin with enthroned Christ figure, perhaps from Aramaic mawtəbā, mawtəbānā, seat, throne, from yəteb, to sit; see wṯb in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
German Marzipan, earlier marcipan, a misinterpretation of Italian marzapane (as if from Latin Marci panis "Mark's bread"), now thought originally to come from Martaban (မုတ္ထမ), a Burmese port known for its spice exports. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For lunch, macaroons and white chocolates filled with marzipan from the farmer's market near Wall Street.

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  • They're little cakes that are brushed with an apirot glaze, coated in marzipan and then topped with poured fondant.

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  • I then rolled out 2 mooshed together 7 oz packages of Odense marzipan from the supermarket.

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  • While the modern word marzipan now means the filling, the name originally described the casing; marzapane comes from the Arabic word mauthaban that meant the jars the candy came in.

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  • In fact, "marzipan" is often used to refer to fondant even if there's no actual almond paste in it therefore making it not marzipan.

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  • We used dyed gum to make the hands, but you can also work with any other edible treat that can be molded (such as marzipan).

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  • There are even recipes for Christmas delicacies, such as marzipan and metzel soup, from the cookbook of Pennsylvania Dutch food historian William Woys Weaver.

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  • I hope her best Christmas gift is marzipan fruits.

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  • I made marzipan white roses in bunches around the 4 corners of the cake and piped pretty borders around the top and bottom perimeters.

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  • It's easy for Rosario to remember exactly when the Ditmars Boulevard pastry shop began serving Astorians cannoli filled with ricotta cream, pignoli tarts, sfogliatelle, marzipan fruits and cassetta cake along with a little slice of old-world Italy.

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Comments

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  • She looks like a pink baseball bat!

    Oh, and s--I remember Bit O' Honey bars. My dentist does too.

    July 25, 2007

  • Marzipan is Homestar Runner's girlfriend.

    July 25, 2007

  • Uh oh!

    July 24, 2007

  • That's no good. I know where you keep those!

    July 24, 2007

  • If I buy any marzipan, I will have to hide it with the Eskimo Pies. ;-)

    July 24, 2007

  • And yes, I do remember the bit o' honey bars. For some reason, I associate them with Cheerios.

    July 24, 2007

  • Oh, I'm sorry. It was a 5oz package of marzipan. My tummy protested, but the flesh was weak.

    July 24, 2007

  • I remember bit o'honey bars (once you bit into one, you could not move your teeth) Do not know bit o'heaven. Just as well, I am sure.

    But I do have a weakness for marzipan anything.

    July 24, 2007

  • I never ever buy this an now I remember why: I can eat an entire package in under an hour.

    July 24, 2007