The winter of 1407 was very cold in Northern Germany; the harvest was very poor. There was such a hunger in the land that the people had to eat grass and hay. Enemies surrounded the city of Lubeck, and the warehouses were empty except for sugar and almonds. One of the city fathers thought of the idea of preparing "emergency bread" from sugar and almonds. The small loaves were distributed on Saint Marcus Day, therefore the "Marci-Panes"-Marcus Bread (Marzipan). In order to make the Marzipan more appetizing the bakers made them up in the form of fruits and vegetables, and the people of Lubeck survived the winter. From that time on Marzipan has become a European confection served during the Christmas holiday season. Twelve beautifully hand made pieces.