Photo courtesy of Cafe-Konditorei Fürst
Eat an original Mozart Kugel
While many know the famous Reber brand Mozart Kugeln outside of Austria, those delicious marzipan and pistachio filled chocolate balls, they are by no means the original. They were created in 1890 by a Salzburg confectioner named Paul Fürst, who received a gold medal for these treats at the Paris Exhibition of 1905. The "Original Salzburger Mozartkugeln" are still created using the same family recipe by his great grandson, Norbert. They can only be purchased, along with truffles and other specialties, at one of his four namesake Cafe-Konditorei Fürst locations in the city.
By Zac Steger, AFAR Local Expert
What is Mozartkugel?
Mozart's balls: Austria certainly has a way with words. While, many of the confiseries and tourist shops throughout Salzburg feature Mozartkugel, be sure to go for the ones in the silver and blue foil at Fürst. These are some of the few in the city made by hand with the original recipe. The candy consists of a bright green pistachio center, surrounded by nougat then dipped into dark chocolate. Named in honor of the city’s most famous native, the kugel dates back to 1890, when confectioner Paul Fürst perfected the process of creating a perfectly round candy. Unfortunately, the candy was never patented, which has lead to many industrially produced imitations. The most common imitation is by Mirabell and comes in a red wrapper.
By Lindsay Pond
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