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You must all be sick of me saying this already, but the holiday season is just around the corner so expect a deluge of seasonal chocolate treats being reviewed on this site up until the end of year. Of course one of the most common confectionery products consumed around Christmas time is marzipan, served on cakes, tarts, pies and of course chocolates. Up until a few years ago when I started running this site, I simply couldn't handle the stuff ... that was until I tried Niederegger marzipan of course :D In my not so subtle opinion, I think Niederegger is the best marzipan out there on the market bar none (previous reviews See HERE).
What for my love of Niederegger Marzipan, you can probably understand my great excitement when I came across this mini selection of their different marzipan flavours. Contained within this 100.0g box there were two mini sampling chocolates of their Pistachio, Orange, Pineapple and Espresso varieties. All of these different flavours were wrapped in cute foil wrappers, which I thought was a lovely way of presenting such a product. All of the different flavours were coated by an exterior layer of 50% dark chocolate. Like I have remarked upon in previous reviews, this bittersweet chocolate wasn't exactly the most flavoursome or best quality chocolate I have ever tasted, however it carried the marzipan fillings to a more than satisfactory level. Below are my thoughts and ratings on the different flavours:
Pistachio - This was certainly the most aesthetically striking with it's green coloured tinged centre and it was one I was most looking forward to trying. Despite including a healthy 3.1% pistachio content, the flavours of that particular nut failed to overcome the greater strength of the almonds which left me feeling a little disappointed. It was still very tasty, but didn't live up to my lofty expectations.
Orange - These pieces contained a minimal sounding 1.2% orange peel but the fruity flavours created were nicely forthcoming. What with the pieces being so small they were easily consumable in two mouthfuls, though in both the orange element came to the party with a refreshing, citrusy juiceyness. On the other hand this was the most generic flavour in the box in terms of innovation, and I'm not sure I would want a full bar of it. Lets not grumble though, like the pistachio flavour it was tasty option nonetheless.
Pineapple - As a common drink of pineapple juice I was looking forward to trying this one and it didn't disappoint. Despite the pineapple effect being created by 'pineapple natural flavourings', the sweet fruity flavours were still very 'real' tasting and proved to be a pleasant match with the doughy, almond flavours of the base marzipan. Compared to the orange variety the taste came across as a more exciting and unique experience. I would buy a bigger bar of this for sure.
Espresso - Previously reviewed, opinions consistent. See HERE.
Overall Niederegger certainly offer a wide range of different flavours that will obviously appeal to different people based on their own particular tastes. For me the real stand out variety from this small collection of four here was the pineapple. It was unlike anything I had tried previously, and I thought the flavour balance of the sweet fruit and almond driven marzipan was a fine synergy of ingredients. Whilst I love Niederegger for their marzipan competence I unfortunately can't gloss over the fact that their chocolate could still do with a bit of work. Some may argue that a stronger tasting chocolate may detract from the marzipan, however I'm more in the school of thought that the chocolate is mostly experienced before the marzipan comes in to action in the taste, so that argument is rather ill founded. In regards to this product I would suggest it as a wonderful way to sample some of Niederegger's flavour options. It's certainly worth a buy for any marzipan fan.
Pistachio - 7.4 out of 10
Orange - 7.8 out of 10
Pineapple - 8.6 out of 10
Espresso - 8.3 out of 10