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Does anyone in the cities make little marzipan figurines (animals, fruits, veggies)? Marzipan World online has some, but they are UK based so I'd have to deal with that mess (exchange rate, long lead time).

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  1. I *think* I've seen them at local candy stores, like Regina's, but I'm not 100% sure. They're not made on-site, though. I think most places import them from Europe (Germany?).

    If you're looking for someone to custom-make marzipan figurines, I'd check with dessert caterers and fancy bakeries. For example, any place that has the patience for petit fours might also undertake marzipan figurines.

    Anne

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    Regina's Fine Candies
    2073 Saint Clair Ave, St Paul, MN

    1. Wuollets has them listed on their web site. I thought I had seen them there eons ago. Not clear if they make them themselves or just have them for gift packs. Other places that might have them could be Patrick's bakery and Pardon My French.

      1. I've seen marzipan fruits in the bakery section at Byerly's.

        1. Marzipan fruit are available at a staggering markup at the kowalskis on grand in the chocolates/candies section.

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          1. re: tex.s.toast

            kowalski's prices are out of control. i just went there last week for some gourmet marshmallows. sheesh.

          2. rachel -- were you thinking of wanting them for an event, in quantity? because I bet you could "commission" some of these places like Patricks or Pardon or others to make them in quantity and maybe a bit more reasonably.

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            1. re: karykat

              Or even order you a case from somewhere far off and give you a break on the price for the quantity purchase.

              1. re: karykat

                yeah, i guess that's a thought. i was going to decorate a wedding cake with marzipan fruits or butterflies so i don't know that i need enough for it to be worth patrick's time.

                1. re: rachel_reagan

                  it looks like for the price kowalskis is getting for about 4 pieces you could get 5 times more:
                  http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/bulk-ca...

                  i think internet ordering, time permiting, may be your best bet.

                  just to be clear that link was one of the firsthits when i googled marzipan fruit, i have never ordered from them nor can i endorse them in any way. but if a local supplier seems out of reach, its good to know there are some out there online.

              2. You might also check La Patesserie - Fabulous european style bakery. Not sure if Maid of Scandinavia/Sweet Celebrations (Baking supply store) might have them?

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                La Patisserie
                1570 Randolph Ave, St Paul, MN

                Sweet Celebrations
                1870 Beam Ave, Maplewood, MN

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                1. re: mngal

                  I've never heard of this bakery. What do you like there?

                  1. re: karykat

                    For others searching, I think the name is spelled "La Patisserie" - at least, that's how the French write the word - though yellowpages.com shows the "patesserie" spelling.

                    There was some discussion years ago of their croissants ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4281... ).

                    Anne

                    1. re: AnneInMpls

                      Thanks for this very helpful thread. Learned about another place I need to check from it too -- Trung Nam.

                      Rachel -- your marzipan cake sounds fantastic. I can just picture it. Very fanciful idea.

                    2. re: karykat

                      Their petit fours are lovely and the carmel bar is to die for! Offer a nice soup/sandwich option for lunch.

                      1. re: mngal

                        mngal, do you recommend any of their breakfast pastries? A couple of years ago I went there a couple of different times for coffee and breakfast pastries.

                        I know I tried their croissants, but can't remember what else I tried. Nevertheless, my conclusion was that the place is pretty skip-able, as in, I won't even pop in when I'm in the neighborhood. I'd rather drive to Trung Nam for the croissants, Kopplins or even Brewberry's for coffee, and just about anywhere else for the breakfast pastries, including PJ Murphy's, Bread and Chocolate on Grand, and whatever they might have at Kopplins...etc.

                        Has the place improved, perhaps, recently? Or is breakfast just not their thing Or, did I order wrong?

                        ~TDQ