Marzipan is Funny


Germany has many food specialties–chocolate, sausages, spaetzle, schnitzel, and marzipan. You know marzipan–that almond paste that is shaped into fruits and other things that you never know what to do with (or maybe that`s just me). On the Haütpstraße is a quaint chocolaterie and I finally went in there to have a look around: truffles, jellied candies, chocolate bars from all over the world with lavendar and chili peppers, etc. I was low on Euro, and thank God for it. In the back was a big surprise: the marzipan section, which could have easily been renamed Schweinefleisch im Marzipan. Ok, just when you think you can`t possibly be shocked by anything else here (the lawnmower you plug-in was pretty good), they whip out pigs shaped out of marzipan. I felt this sudden urge to buy a bunch up (hence, the no Euro being a good thing) and horde them for a good joke. Pig heads (smiling, at that) in marzipan. A full-fledged pig that intimated the idea of being fully-cooked and ready to eat as it was also on a wooden board (yep, made of marzipan!), with utensils on the side made of–you guessed it!–made of marzipan. The ingenuity was astounding. They are quite serious people most of the time, with no sense of sarcasm from what you read in most guidebooks, and here I was looking at one of the funniest things yet. I wonder if it tasted just a leeeeetttle bit like bacon?


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