August 14th: Niederegger Marzipan Potatoes

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Dean-German-Grocery seem pretty content with giving me the opportunity to review a Niederegger product a week at present and I for one am not complaining. I stand firm in the belief that they make some of the best marzipan around and given the fact I am not that greater fan of the stuff it must obviously be of a pretty good quality considering I am never one to turn them down. I noted last week in my review of the Niederegger Marzipan Ginger that Niederegger produce their products in all different formats. Ranging from standard bars, loaves and fingers they seemingly do it all; as I was too find out today they also do 'Potatoes' ... what on earth!?

These were a pretty unusual product and came in a 100.0g pack that included twelve pieces. They were simply balls of marzipan with a light dusting of cocoa which made them look startlingly like smallish, round new potatoes. I guess the idea was that this would have some sort of novelty appeal but to be honest it was just a little lost on me. Why on earth would you want to make a marzipan confection look like a potato - I thought they didn't look appetising at all. Despite being almost afraid to taste these my confidence was somewhat restored when I peeled back the plastic seal and was met with a nice wave of familiar sweet nutty smells.

Feeling a little more at ease due to the enticing scents I of course got well and truly stuck in. It will come as no surprise to you that the marzipan was of the usual awesomely high standard I am used to. I have described the taste enough times but I can seemingly never get enough of the doughy, almond flavours that subside the forthcoming sweetness so well. The culmination of the different influences result in a sweet and nutty bread like taste that is as satisfying as it is moreish. One aspect of these 'Potatoes' that I wasn't so sure of (aside from the looks!) was the cocoa dusting that lined each piece. Apart from making them look awful the powder added nothing to the flavour of any note and just seemed to suck some of the moisture out of each piece. I managed to eat four of these in a single sitting which I thought complimented a mid-morning coffee perfectly.

Overall I just simply don't know what Niederegger were thinking when they came up with the idea of taking some of the best marzipan in the world and making it look totally inedible. The marzipan itself here was of the usual incredible standards but the cocoa dusting was just a total disaster which ever way you look at it. It was not only detrimental to the texture as it dried it out slightly but even more inexcusably it made the product look totally unappetising. As I said above maybe, just maybe someone, somewhere may see the novelty of marzipan that looks like a potato. This concept was totally lost on me though - if your going to go Niederegger your best off sticking to another part of their range.

6.9 out of 10

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