After marzipan found its way into Lübeck’s chemist shops in the Middle Ages, the new guild of confectioners discovered it for themselves. Although sugar was definitely an expensive commodity, it could be freely traded. However, at first, it was only the nobility and well-to-do citizens who were able to enjoy this sweet delicacy. Covered in genuine gold leaf, marzipan was given to the highest dignitaries of the Empire. The royal table and festive events during the Renaissance were not complete without marzipan for dessert. In those days, it was still tiring and time-consuming to produce. It took until the beginning of the 19th century before ordinary citizens were able to enjoy the finest marzipan as it became more affordable to make using sugar from sugar beet.
Relive the exciting history of marzipan in Lübeck’s Marzipan Museum.