Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Homemade Lucky Marzipan Pigs for the New Year

The tradition is believed to come from the idea that families who had a pig to eat over the winter time were considered to be lucky. A saying often heard in Germany is "ich habe Schwein gehabt," meaning, "I have had pig", which means "I've been lucky."

When perusing European food shops between Christmas and New Year's Day, these little pigs are everywhere in many shapes and styles. I love this German and Austrian tradition of giving out marzipan pigs or Glücksschwein, as a gesture of good luck for a New Year's tradition. Glücksschwein are a lovely surprise to give out to guests at a New Year's party or to coworkers.

There are several methods to make them. You can use a single sided mold, a double sided mold for a 3D pig or just sculpt the marzipan with your hands like I did here. 

To economize your time even further, you can purchase ready made marzipan but I like to make my own, starting with making homemade almond paste.

I used disco dust to embellish these but most people prefer them plain, I can't help myself. I need to end the year with sparkle.

For the recipe hop on over to my German Food Page at

2014 has brought a lot of changes to my life. New jobs, new friends, new opportunities. All of them good. I am so thankful. 

Wishing you all a guten rutsch, as the germans say, which means a good slide into the New Year!

1 comment:

  1. What a terrific tradition... but how can you eat those darling little piggies? Although, I'm sure they taste delightful. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful recipes this year... and wishing you many pigs in 2015!!


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