OK, I'm back. I had 2 choices of almond paste, one was "pure" and the other was much cheaper but had a bunch of syrups and coconut somethings in it. So I splurged and bought the pure one, which may, in fact, be marzipan, but since I like marzipan, it will be fine.
And my Trader Joe apricots do indeed have little slits that pry open to look like apricot oysters. Very sweet! Now I know what's for dinner. I will try melting chocolate chips for a semi-sweet version of chocolate dip. Thanks for this!