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German candy-maker thrives on 200-year-old secret recipe

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 05:50
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MASS PRODUCTION: Marzipan piglets during the hand-painting process at Niederegger's factory. The family-owned enterprise says it can produce 30 tonnes of marzipan a day.
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MASS PRODUCTION: Marzipan piglets during the hand-painting process at Niederegger's factory. The family-owned enterprise says it can produce 30 tonnes of marzipan a day.

Luebeck, Germany

JG Niederegger GmbH owner Holger Strait has a 200-year-old secret and he's not sharing. He's one of only five people who know the recipe for the marzipan that shoppers buy this time of the year in high-end stores around the world.

While Niederegger prides itself on