Marzipan pig

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Marzipan pigs
A marzipan pig, an example of a typical "almond present"
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The marzipan pig is a traditional German and Scandinavian confectionery consisting of marzipan shaped as a pig. Sometimes marzipan pigs are awarded as prizes to those who find an almond in their Risalamande. Posankka is hybrid marzipan pig–rubber ducky statue in Turku, Finland near the University of Turku and the Turku Student Village. The pink animal has a duck's lower body and a pig's head.

During Jul, a tradition is to eat porridge, once the staple of Norwegian cuisine, with a single almond in it. Whoever gets the almond received an almond present as a prize, usually a marzipan pig, or chocolate or candy.

In Germany, marzipan pigs are given at New Year's for good luck (Glücksschwein).

In media[edit]

The Marzipan Pig (1986, ISBN 0-374-34859-6) is a children's book by Russell Hoban. The story was filmed as one of the HBO Storybook Musicals. It was also on the List of programs broadcast by ABC Television.