Saving a Family Marzipan Christmas Tradition One family's holiday tradition -- hanging marzipan pringles on the Christmas tree -- was briefly imperiled by the closing of a Manhattan candy store. Then despair was followed by a decision to get baking.
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Saving a Family Marzipan Christmas Tradition

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Saving a Family Marzipan Christmas Tradition

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SCOTT SIMON, Host:

Sometimes you have to lose a family tradition to find out how important it is. NPR's Margot Adler lost a holiday custom and found it again in the kitchen.

MARGOT ADLER: I am not very handy in the kitchen but my 16-year-old son, Alex, and I decided we'd make them ourselves. If you're a purist, you'll want to make the marzipan. We simply bought rolls of marzipan paste. We formed rings with holes in the middle. It was kind of like working with clay.

ALEX ADLER: No. No. I'm your cutter.

ADLER: No, I don't think you'd cut the hole. I think...

ADLER: Mom. Mom. Stop. You are ruining it.

ADLER: Look at that. It's a perfect hole.

ADLER: Yeah. But (unintelligible) more perfect.

ADLER: You got chocolate all over your shirt.

ADLER: Don't worry about it, Mom. It's an experiment.

ADLER: We dipped each ring with a hook from the pot rack and laid it on wax paper.

ADLER: That has a great hole.

ADLER: I mean, I'm sure that, you know, if we were doing this every day we'd get good at it, you know?

ADLER: We're amateurs, Mom.

ADLER: We sprinkled the sprinkles and the first eight were on a plate. By the time we came to the last ring, Alex had it down.

ADLER: They actually look very good. There. That is a perfect hole.

ADLER: Margot Adler, NPR News, New York.

SIMON: You can see the marzipan pringles at our Web site, npr.org.

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