I’ve been meaning to try Mozart Kugeln for a while now, so when I saw these on offer it seemed like a good idea!
We visited Salzburg in July last year and I saw these little Mozart Kugeln everywhere. Honestly, I thought they were a tourists gimmick. They seemed a little expensive and so I didn’t bother.
Interestingly, or oddly, depending on your point of view, these have been available in my local Tengelmanns for a while. I picked up these Constanze Mozart Kugeln without knowing what they were. I didn’t even know the difference between these and the original Mozart Kugeln at the time.
As it turns out, the difference between a Mozart Kugeln and a Constanze Mozart Kugeln is in the chocolate. The Mozart one has a dark chocolate coating where the Constanze one is purely milk chocolate. Don’t say you can’t learn things from a snack blog! As an added bonus, you now know the word Kugeln just means balls or spheres. Yes… I waited this long to tell you there’s a chocolate quite literally called Mozart Balls. You’re welcome.
An inspired composition made from the finest gourmet pistachio marzipan, fresh almonds and hazelnut nougat, covered in two layers of milk chocolate. | Reber
These are chocolates made of milk chocolate (35%) filled with hazelnut-praline (10%), pistachio marzipan (30%) and marzipan (25%). There’s a minimum 35% cocoa in the milk chocolate too.
The original treat is named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with the one I purchased being named after his wife. They married on the 4th August 1782, if you’re curious. These Kugeln are surprisingly heavy! Each substantial treat comes individually wrapped in some lovely gold foil.
On biting into one, there’s definite notes of alcohol in here. Thankfully it’s not too strong and it’s not a flavour I minded, despite usually being pretty much against alcohol in chocolate. It turns out they’ve used rum here, so at least they’re playing to my preferences. The ingredients list “alcohol, rum, natural flavouring (rum)”. If you’re not a fan, you might want to avoid them in general.
There’s actually quite a lot going on in each of these kugeln. The hazelnut chocolate middle has a good flavour, working with the two types of marzipan which have a light texture and nutty creaminess to them. Pistachio marzipan is an unusual choice and other than adding the impressive looking layer to the internal shot, I’m not overly certain it adds a great deal flavour wise. It’s entirely possible that’s down to my tastebuds acknowledging the rum first and foremost before the hazelnut and chocolate flavours work their way in.
I actually think it’s pretty impossible to dissect the chocolate as its parts. As a whole, it works. I liked it and I’ve happily eaten them all. Overall these feel nicely balanced. The chocolate, hazelnut centre, rum and marzipan seem in harmony and it’s an interesting chocolate to eat.