Marzipan Babies

Status: Not Marzipan
I'm a big fan of Marzipan. In fact, I've made several pilgrimages to Lübeck, home of Niederegger, makers of the best marzipan in the world (in my opinion). So I was intrigued by these pictures of tiny babies supposedly made out of marzipan. I don't see why one couldn't make lifelike dolls out of marzipan, but that's not the case with these dolls. They're actually made by the artist Camille Allen out of polymer clay or resin, and they're not edible. Still, in the past it was apparently possible to buy jelly babies, as well as chocolate babies. So why not marzipan babies? (via Strong Chemistry)

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Posted on Wed Oct 12, 2005


sweet jesus, thats what i call too much free time. Still, it is some pretty amazing art, sculpture, model,whatever the hell theyre considered
Posted by That Guy  on  Wed Oct 12, 2005  at  10:54 PM
I once donated a couple of bucks to an anti-abortion group that had a table in a mall because they were selling small plastic fetuses. They looked a LOT like the picture above.

My then-wife was VERY pissed at me for contributing to an anti-abortion group. Hey, I just wanted the little dolls!
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Thu Oct 13, 2005  at  02:21 AM
lOL...They are cute. Reminiscent of Ann Geddes artwork. If Jocelynn didn't still put anything and everything in her mouth, I'd look into finding some of her artwork to have. Those are just so ADORABLE.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Thu Oct 13, 2005  at  05:30 AM
UGH! How revolting!
Posted by outeast  on  Thu Oct 13, 2005  at  06:45 AM
What do you mean "in the past"? Jelly Babies are still available from the original manufacturer. This is the official webpage for them.
Posted by John Wilson  on  Thu Oct 13, 2005  at  11:04 AM
I guess you can make anything out of marzipan.
And Niederegger's is definitely the best in the world. I once visited their factory in Lubeck. The Niederegger marzipan is also sold in other cities of northern Germany, though.
Posted by Big Gary in Dallas  on  Thu Oct 13, 2005  at  04:36 PM
Mmmmmm, delicious babies.

I would probably buy the marzipan babies for the shock factor of eating such realistic looking ones in front of people....
Posted by Raoul Duke  on  Thu Oct 13, 2005  at  07:24 PM
Oooh.. even better, full-sized realistic marzipan babies..

Just walk down the street, munching away on its head..
Posted by Bobcat  on  Thu Oct 13, 2005  at  09:59 PM
Kinda off topic, but my husband's family is Norwegian, and every year at Christmas they have a marzipan pig. You win it by finding an almond in the rice pudding. One year I won it, and managed to freak out Erik's niece by "sacrificing" the pig by cutting it's head off, and saying "kill the piggy". I guess I have a slightly sick sense of humour. 😊
Posted by Winona  in  USA  on  Fri Oct 14, 2005  at  09:30 AM
Would the little marzipan babies be filled with raspberry jam and have little hard candy bones?
Posted by Gee...  on  Fri Oct 14, 2005  at  11:15 AM
Winona sez:
"... "sacrificing" the pig by cutting it's head off, and saying "kill the piggy". I guess I have a slightly sick sense of humour."

Posted by Big Gary in Dallas  on  Fri Oct 14, 2005  at  04:22 PM
What's marzipan?
Posted by Razela  in  Chicago, IL  on  Fri Oct 14, 2005  at  07:32 PM
Marzipan is sweetened almond paste. It's used to make fanicful confections, usually little fruits and vegetables.

I want to know what the hair is made out of, before I pop one of those babies in my mouth.
Posted by katey  on  Fri Oct 14, 2005  at  08:03 PM
Actually, those are made of polymer clay, not marzipan. You can do a search for this story on
Posted by Halfmad  on  Fri Oct 14, 2005  at  09:46 PM
argh this is horrible, its a case of somebody making something they think will be cute and ends up just disturbing... little tiny foetus babies oooh fun.. and your supposed to eat them??? that cant be good for sanity sitting around munching on your foetus candy
Posted by joeodd  on  Mon Oct 17, 2005  at  01:13 PM
Katey and joeodd, read the bloomin' text!
They're made out of polymer resin (plastic), not marzipan!
Posted by Big Gary, feeling grumpy  on  Mon Oct 17, 2005  at  04:42 PM
Katey and joeodd, read the bloomin' text!
They're made out of polymer resin (plastic), not marzipan.

That leaves open the question of why somebody would want to make such a thing, of course.
Posted by Big Gary in Dallas  on  Mon Oct 17, 2005  at  04:43 PM
Somebody said what are they for? They'd be cute in a doll house, but I'd want diapers on them. I had thought they'd be nice favors at a baby shower, but I just cruised the site, and the little fellows are VERY expensive. All of them are sold out, and you have to be put on a mailing list to be informed of the next bunch for sale. The creator must be getting rich!
Posted by Signora Del Drago  on  Mon Oct 17, 2005  at  05:57 PM
Yes, they would be adorable scaled to a dollhouse, along with other fmaily members...but if the artist prices even the baby so high, the rest of the family would be truly prohibitive! As to why, she created them, well, dollmakers have been trying to create babydolls with more and more lifelike features for a long time...She is truly an artist, I'd say. And in answer to one of the earlier posts, why should a miniature baby be gross, when we love to give our kids small stuffed animals? Biting the head off one, well, yes, that ranks up there in my gross-o-meter
Posted by HandyChandy  on  Mon Oct 17, 2005  at  06:18 PM
considering these are not just "sugar babies" but done in a poly-resin,they are a remarkable piece of artwork - their lifelike appearance is makes a mother's heart skip a beat! The rest of you with negative comments, well - perhaps you're too absorbed in your own selves to see how emotionally infectious they really are.
Posted by martha brooks  on  Tue Oct 18, 2005  at  07:29 AM
id love to use this as a baby shower favor...what's the website to where i can get these?
Posted by lifelike  on  Tue Oct 18, 2005  at  03:39 PM
I would like to know where I can purchase these babies, they are beautiful.
Posted by Flor Lima  on  Wed Oct 19, 2005  at  11:58 AM
Glad to know this. Receieved the e-mail at work today about the marzipan babies and I wanted to know where to buy them. Had no clue they were made of resin. They're still amazing!
Posted by Thomas  on  Wed Oct 19, 2005  at  09:35 PM
Amen to Martha Brooks.
Posted by Paula Foster  on  Thu Oct 20, 2005  at  12:47 PM
Here's the website for the CLAY babies (not fetuses) but they range from $300 to $1,000 so probably not good baby shower favors.
Posted by Linda Harkness  on  Thu Oct 20, 2005  at  02:10 PM
I got the pictures by mail from a friend in USA, she wrote they were made of marzipan, I then searched the web and foudn out they were nbot, but they are cute I think
Posted by Inger M  on  Fri Oct 21, 2005  at  06:21 AM
I am interested in your dolls please send info.
thanks Marianna
Posted by marianna watkins  on  Sat Oct 22, 2005  at  09:25 AM
I think that the Marzipan Babies are the most beautiful work of Arts I have ever seen. I would like to purchase the babies and would like to know how much they are and how I can buy some of these beautiful babies.
Please get back to me as soon as possible. I would really like to purchase them.
Thank you,
Sharon Towle
Posted by Sharon Towle  on  Sun Oct 23, 2005  at  07:03 AM
"...but they range from $300 to $1,000 so probably not good baby shower favors."

Not to worry. If they catch on, I'm sure some cheap knock-offs will appear before long. Coming soon to a dollar store near you ...
Posted by Big Gary in Dallas  on  Sun Oct 23, 2005  at  08:08 AM
ive never seen something so little with so much detail. The babies are amazing. The first time l seen one knew l had to have one. I cant believe how real they look. It takes alot of time and effort, they are worth it. I cant say how great they are.
Posted by Baby T  on  Wed Oct 26, 2005  at  07:56 PM
Hiya, could you please send me the address of where i can buy these babies as i think they are adorable


Posted by Lindsey Gray  on  Fri Oct 28, 2005  at  03:59 AM
Can you buy these babies?? If so how?
Posted by Kristine  on  Mon Oct 31, 2005  at  08:11 AM
I think these are the cutest things I have ever seen... sugar or plastic... whatever! I would love to have all of them!! TOO CUTE!
Posted by Melandie  on  Thu Nov 03, 2005  at  04:25 PM
hey, I have been making these polymer babies, only mine have wings and yes I make them for dollhouses, but when somebody sent me an e-mail with the babies and said they were made out of sugar, I went straight to my search and this site is what came up. Thank god for this site, I wouldve been trying to make new babies outta some almond paste just to see...LOL
Posted by betty  on  Thu Nov 03, 2005  at  07:45 PM
Would like to know where to purchase Marsipan Babies?
Posted by Elizabeth Quackenbush  on  Fri Nov 04, 2005  at  10:31 AM
I've got an idea. Why don't all you people who want to purchase some of these actually LOOK AT HER FREAKING WEBSITE instead of posting useless comments here.

Thank you, and have a nice day.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Fri Nov 04, 2005  at  10:34 AM
because, some twit sent somebody a email about what these are made of and this is a conversation about what they really are, and trust me, more then one website will contain polymer babies and they arent that hard to make....hey....wait,,,,,,you...noooo,,,,you werent the one that started that sugar baby email now were you, oh wait , that was a twit, lol.
Posted by betty  on  Fri Nov 04, 2005  at  04:34 PM
I think it is a remarkabe art idea at it represent something beautiful is unique . why do people try to always make something bad out of something good.these people who drag abortion into it .why cant somethings be good.
Posted by Mary Hawk  on  Wed Nov 09, 2005  at  07:55 PM
Putting the real Jelly Babies in the past tense nearly caused me to have a second heart attack. What on earth was I going to scoff while waiting in the car for my wife while she checks every item in the antique shops on our next trip to England?
Thankyou thankyou John Wilson and Cadbury.
Posted by Sir Trev  on  Fri Nov 11, 2005  at  05:54 PM
Is there a web site where I can buy marzipan babies? Also, where can I find items to buy and instructions to make my own. Thanks for all info.
Thanks, Sue
Posted by sue_52732  on  Fri Nov 11, 2005  at  11:13 PM
I would like to know where I can purchase these Marzipan Babies? anyone that would be able to help me out. 😉
Posted by lupe garcia  on  Mon Nov 14, 2005  at  09:02 AM
Oh My God!!!! This is going to be another of those stupid threads where people keep posting the same thing over and over again because they're too stupid to bother reading what came before them.

Shoot me now.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Mon Nov 14, 2005  at  09:42 AM
Why such an attitude? As they say if you have nothing nice to say don't say anything at all.I was also taught there is no stupid question.Tis the season to be jolly!!! Try it! I would have read more if I was allowed, couldn't get anything to come up at the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by sue_52732  on  Tue Nov 15, 2005  at  01:48 PM
You were taught wrong then. It's just incredibly aggravating to have all these people posting the same things over and over because they can't be bothered to read the posts. In time there will be hundreds of duplicate requests out here, each one looking like a fool. We've seen it before.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Tue Nov 15, 2005  at  01:59 PM
Posted by Donna Terry  on  Tue Nov 15, 2005  at  05:23 PM
I just love the marzipan babies. I am a labor and delivery nurse and collect "Baby ornaments" such as tthis. They are amazing, they lookso much like some of the premature infants we deliver. I s there a website where they can be purchased? Please advise. Thank you. Dawn Gemmill
Posted by Dawn Gemmill  on  Thu Nov 17, 2005  at  11:02 AM
Ebay has babies made from polymer clay. Some look very nice and some not so great. You just have to pick and choose, but the ones I've seen are EXTREMELY well priced... very inexpensive. I don't think a lot of them realize they could get more than they're asking. 😊
Posted by Kim  on  Sat Dec 10, 2005  at  09:19 AM
omg i want one of these really bad can you purchuse these at stores or just online?
Posted by janiece bennett  on  Thu Dec 22, 2005  at  12:34 PM
Personally, I find them a bit disturbing. I found them extremely disturbing when I thought they were edible and slighly less to find out they were art. However, for some reason I don't find them the least bit "cute". I'm not sure why. It just seems sick to me for some reason. I looked at her web site and I just couldn't help but think that the babies with their eyes closed all looked dead to me. Like in the 1800's when people used to photograph the dead.
Did anyone else have this reaction or does everyone want to own one of these things?
Posted by Glamcat  on  Tue Dec 27, 2005  at  06:43 PM
Hey Glamcat, long time no see. I agree with you, these images bother me alot. I can't get the image of people just popping them in their mouths out of my mind. It seems odd that people would find these 'cute'.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Wed Dec 28, 2005  at  09:52 AM
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