It's the anniversary of two musical masterminds: Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th birthday and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 265th birthday, celebrated with a Mozart Week in Salzburg from January 27-31. If you can;'t be in Bonn (Beethoven's residence) or Salzburg (Mozart's residence) this year, celebrate with appropriate culinary delights: The Mozartkugel, conceived
by confectioner Paul Fuerst as the Original Mozart Bonbon in Salzburg in the early
1890s; and Original German Haribo Gummy Bears, produced in Bonn since the 1920s,
The Mozartkugel is a delicious spherical praline consisting of a pistachio marzipan core, hazelnut-cream “nougat” filling and enrobed in dark chocolate. It quickly gained popularity, first in Austria and Southern Germany, then around the world. In 1905, at the Paris World Fair, Fuerst received a gold medal for his culinary creation
It didn’t take long that other “Meister Konditoren”
(master confectioners) in Salzburg would compose their own version of this
delicious sweet treat, with more or less nougat/praline filling or with the
addition or almond marzipan at the center. Today, Konditorei Schatz, Confiserie Holzermayr in Salzburg, as
well as Konditorei Dallmann in nearby St.
Gilgen offer hand-made Mozartkugeln based on original recipes. At Konditorei Dallmann, you can learn in
seminars how to make your own Mozartkugel.
The Gummy Bear is the creation of confectioner Hans Richter who invented this chewy treat in Bonn in the 1920. Soon his invention gained popularity all across the Rhineland and from there all over the world in the next 100 years. Today, Haribo produces gummy candies, licorice, chewy candy and marshmallow sweets in Turkey, Spain, Brazil and the US, but the German originals are still favored by many.
Austrian and German brands
The Mozartkugel was destined to reach larger audiences
around the world. Small, family-owned praline manufacturers in Austria and
Germany launched their own Mozartkugel creations.Some of these manufacturers became
internationally recognized brands. Notable are Austrian producers Heindl in Vienna,
Mirabell (which belongs to US giant Mondelez), and Hofbauer (which today
belongs to Swiss multinational Lindt & Spruengli). In Germany, the Cafe
Reber, located in Bad Reichenhall close to Salzburg, became the world’s largest
and most widely recognized Mozartkugel brand – pone of the reasons why many
Mozartkugel lovers associate the sweet with German origin. Other renowned
manufacturers are Confisserie Dreher, in Munich (which merged with Germany’s
oldest chocolate maker Halloren in 2000), and Lambertz.
Reber’s Mozartkugeln – made with a hazelnut nougat core, surrounded by green pistachio and almond marzipan and covered in dark chocolate -are the world’s best-selling Mozart pralines with a daily production of 500,000 Kugel.It takes about 45 minutes from getting the ingredients ready to wrapping the finished ball into the foil to produce one Reber ball. Reber’s complete Mozart assortment includes heart-shaped marzipan pralines, dark and milk chocolate truffles, Black Forest cherry pralines, Mozartkugel in tins, piano-shaped and violin-shaped cases. You can find the complete US assortment in our store. Some products are only available between October and December. Both Reber’s Genuine Mozart Kugel (dark chocolate, 60% cocoa) and Constanze Mozart Kugel (milk chocolate, 33% cocoa) are certified kosher dairy (not Passover). Other Reber creations include Asbach Riesling brandy and Schladerer fruit brandy
International Copyright Battles
To the chagrin of his descendants, Paul Fürst did not copyright the name Mozartkugel. It remains a generic term for a pistachio, nougat chocolate praline and can be used by any confectioner around the world. An attempt in the 1980s by the Austrian government to protect the name Mozartkugel as a purely Austrian-made specialty failed in the light of EU legislation.However, the Fürst family eventually won at the European Court of Justice the rights to the name and design of the “Original Salzburg Mozart Kugel.”
Inspiration to Enjoy the Mozartkugel
January is a great time to indulge in a Kugel or two. It's the birth month of the great composer. Forget after-holiday diet resolutions and and listen to one of Mozart's symphonies, along with a cup of tea and the kugel. Tired of the Kleine Nachtmusik? Try Franz Schubert, Elvis Presley or listen to Nick Mason, the drummer of Pink Floyd. All are January's children. More to explore at