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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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Categories: Birth/Babies, Food
Posted by Alex on Wed Oct 12, 2005
Comments (103)
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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
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