The nuns of Toledo began making the sugar and ground-almond confection known elsewhere as marzipan (but called mazapán here) in the early 13th century to preserve eggs as emergency rations. The tradition still flourishes, but the nuns face stiff competition from small commercial operations. Some of the best mazapán pastries come from this company, founded in 1856. Its principal shop remains in the original location near the Santo Tomé church. Unlike the convents, which sell their pastries in prepackaged boxes, Santo Tomé allows you to assemble your own assortment from the display cases—or just buy one piece for a quick shot of sugar (1.50€–5€). The Plaza de Zocodover location is known for extravagant mazapán sculptures in the main display window.