Glucksschwein: good-luck marzipan pigs

Ich habe Schwein gehabt!

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That’s right: “I have had pig!”

In the old days when Germans lived on farms (all of them!), if one had been prosperous enough to have a pig in one’s possession, it meant having meat to eat all winter. Over the years, this basic notion has endured, evolving into the embodiment of the Glucksschwein – the lucky pig. It’s a symbol of good fortune that can be bestowed on a friend or loved one and appears in many formats, most endearingly, in sweet, pink marzipan.

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In Germany, a pink, marzipan pig is given as a gift between Christmas and New Year’s but mostly on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. In Denmark and Norway, an extra step is added – whoever finds an almond in their rice pudding is awarded a pig.

So, I realize that the topic of marzipan pigs is a bit off schedule, but I love to look at pictures of marzipan anything – especially pigs – and I’m guessing you do, too.

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And here are some running pigs.

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Other symbols of good luck are also popular – four leaf clovers, horse shoes, toadstools, all of which, not surprisingly, come in marzipan. These all average $3.

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If you’re seeking any marzipan good luck items, get directly over to GermanDeli.com. They have more than you could ever dream of.

Happy hunting . . . Anne

Here’s one on Amazon, but it creeps me out a little.

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