The Christmas period alone demonstrates the importance of marzipan in celebration cakes, as shelves and shelves of marzipan are sold, says ingredients manufacturer Zeelandia (Billericay, Essex).

The company is now offering what it describes as a superior quality marzipan, Tido Neutral 40.

Unlike many marzipans which are made from apricot kernels rather than almonds, Tido Neutral 40’s ingredients include a high proportion of almonds – 40% – in the finished product.

Available in 10kg cartons, Tido Neutral 40 is said to be easy to use. Sugar crystals are eliminated, leaving a soft, pliable paste, allowing for versatile applications from piping to enrobing and moulding, says the company.