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Claim: Photographs show miniature baby figures made of marzipan.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2005]
Origins: Marzipan, a sweet paste made of ground (blanched) almonds, sugar, and eggs, and used in cake fillings, icings, and other confectionaries, is often colored and molded into all sorts of visually appealing treats that resemble miniature versions of food (or other
Human babies, however, are not something we generally consider to be a visually appealing form for edibles (particularly when presented as realistically as shown in the images above), a fact that perhaps explains the appeal of these
Fortunately, we don't have to ponder the deeper meaning of the symbolism here, because the items pictured above are not made of marzipan, nor are they edible. They're
Last updated: 5 October 2005
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