Saturday, 27 June 2009

June 27th: Reber Mozartkugeln

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I have had my eye on these truffles for a while now so I was pretty ecstatic when Dean-German-Grocery sent me a packet to sample. According to Wiki these Reber Mozart Kugeln are an imitation product of the 'Original Mozartkugeln Salzburg' which are handcrafted chocolates produced by a company called Frust. To be honest I sort of lost interest after the opening paragraph of that page where it started talking about the Mozartkugeln trademark (YAWN!) - so if you want to read more about this then I suggest you take a look HERE. Getting back to the product at hand these Reber Mozartkugeln came described as 'pistachio marzipan and almond marzipan with hazelnut praline coated in dark and milk chocolate' ... wowzer these certainly packed the ingredients.

These Reber chocolates come in many different formats but for the purpose of this review I sampled a pack of eight individual chocolates. I thought the presentation of the product was first class. The outer film wrapping was innovative in look and shape, whilst the golden foil wrappers had a real touch of class with the detailed picture of one Mr Mozart. As you can see above the chocolates looked a right treat as well - the layers were all very visible through the cross-section and the different constituents made for a colourful looking chocolate. The aroma of the chocolates wasn't half bad either. Once released from their foil packets some pleasant cocoa and nut hints could be detected.

Having admired both their look and smell there was only really one thing left to do and that was to tuck in. Each chocolate could be eaten in two bites which I thought worked well as it allowed the consumer to see the inner contents of the truffle whilst not being all that fiddly. My first reaction to the chocolate coating was that I couldn't detect a dual dark and milk chocolate layering - frankly the taste seemed to morph into quite a mild, unsweetened and unexciting cocoa led taste. Where the chocolate failed the inner contents soon picked up the quality. Although the two disparate marzipans were not hugely different in terms of their flavours, together they brought some delicious nutty, buttery elements to the taste. The hazelnut praline splodge that sat in the middle of the chocolate was really what made these chocolates so tasty. It not only added moisture to the slightly dry marzipans, but also brought an extra wave of cocoa and woody nut flavours to the mix. The density of the marzipan meant that these were best enjoyed as a one off chocolate enjoyed with a nice black coffee. I can imagine the taste becoming quite monotonous had I eaten more than one at a time.

Overall these were a nice pack of chocolates that I would recommend to people depending on a few important factors. Consumers looking for a rich chocolate hit would probably be disappointed with these - in my opinion the chocolate was the weakest part of the product. If it is style and decent marzipan flavours your looking for though, these could really be a range of chocolates for you. They combined a near flawless range with some good standard marzipan centres that were nearing the quality of Niederegger. If you like the sound of these I would give them a go.

8.5 out of 10
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