Marzipan pig

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Marzipan pigs
A homemade marzipan pig, an example of a typical "almond present"

The marzipan pig is a traditional German and Scandinavian confectionery consisting of marzipan shaped as a pig.

During Jul in Norway, a tradition is to eat a rice porridge known as risgrøt; a single almond is hidden in the porridge. Whoever finds the almond receives a marzipan pig as a prize.[1] The same tradition exists for Christmas Eve in Denmark, but with risalamande.

In Germany, marzipan pigs are given at New Year's for good luck (Glücksschwein).[2]

In popular culture[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.

Posankka is a hybrid marzipan pig–rubber ducky statue in Turku, Finland near the University of Turku.[3]


  1. ^ Hayford O'Leary, Margaret (2010). Culture and customs of Norway. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Greenwood. p. 74. ISBN 9780313362491. Retrieved 25 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Word of the Week: Glücksbringer". German Mission in the United States. Retrieved 25 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Pinkki sekasikiö ui sydämiin". Turun Sanomat. Retrieved 25 December 2015.