Saturday, February 26, 2011

Mozart Balls: A Serious German Confection

When Leigh came and visited me, she really pulled out all the stops when providing me chocolate. Not only did she bring me white and milk mousse chocolate bars by Lindt, she also brought over a box of Mirabell Mozart Balls.

Mozart balls were evidently invented back in 1890 by Salzburg confectioner Paul Furst, and are named after, of course, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The confection, which is actually Mozartkugel in German, involves chocolate, marzipan, and nougat.

Sign me up.

How does Mirabel do with this creation? Once I unwrapped it, I was greeted with a nutty smell that was reminiscent of high-quality peanut butter.

The chocolate shell out the outside is very soft, with nutty and vanilla flavors coming forward.

The interior offers three layers: A center of pistachio marzipan, a middle layer of praline, and a final layer of nougat. The very center is sweet, but not sickeningly so, and offers a hint of a fruity flavor. This center is just a tad dry and pasty, but the next layer, the praline, is much less sweet and is, in fact, quite nutty and smooth. The final layer inside the chocolate, the nougat, is sugary and nutty, but a tad grainy.

Since two of the layers are rich and two are a bit dry, and the layers have varying levels of sweetness, the best way to enjoy a Mozart Ball is to bite into the entire thing and enjoy it all together. That said, there aren’t many complex flavors; overall, it’s nutty, creamy, and sweet. I’d classify this as closer to a confection than a chocolate.

It’s a nice, sweet treat either way.

Have you tried Mozart Balls before?

33 comments:

  1. Never tried those before.....they look yummy though! =D

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  2. I've tried Mozart balls from various producers. Some I liked, some I didn't. They vary a lot from producer to producer. Some have pistachio, some don't. Some were in milk chocolate, some were in dark chocolate. The chocolate shell went from very thick to very thin.

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  3. I love Mozart balls!

    They were especially exciting to me back when I was a high school band geek. I was all about Mozart and had seen the movie Amadeus like 8 zillion times. ;)

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  4. I think Mozart would appreciate that his balls are nutty. (sorry, I had to...but seriously: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leck_mich_im_Arsch) I've had these, thanks to World Market! Actually, I might have had the bar version.

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  5. I haven't seen this exact product before but have come across similar versions by the same company. I'm sad to hear they're mostly just sweet; they sounded like they had so much promise!

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  6. OMG this post is totally bringing me back to my childhood. My dad used to travel to Europe a lot and would always bring me back these Mozart chocolates. These are one of the first gourmet chocolates I learned to love (along with Godiva) - and I was just a kid! Maybe 8 or 9. I started early :) I wish I had a Mozart ball right now!

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  7. When I read the title of the post, I giggled like a 13-year-old school girl.

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  8. @Hannah They're DEFINITELY very sweet. More sweet than nutty, I think.

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  9. @Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic I think these are a great way to introduce kids to gourmet chocolate. Like a refined Reese's peanut butter cup.

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