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Overpriced little chocolates!
More than 200 years after his death, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart continues to be a very popular fellow in Salzburg. You will find many establishments and products bearing his name and you will see images of his face peering out at you from many a shop window. It seems that there is still plenty of money to be made off the back of Salzburg's most famous son.
Amongst the various souvenirs and foodstuffs carrying Mozart's name, one of the most ubiquitous products is the Mozartkugel (Mozart ball).
These small spherical chocolates can be found in shops and stalls throughout the city and are produced by a variety of different confectioners. The original Mozartkugeln were produced by "Furst" confectioners, but have since been imitated by numerous other companies. The Mozartkugeln that I purchased were produced by "Mirabell", the country's leading mass-producer of these chocolates.
The chocolates are smaller than a ping pong ball and contain layers of chocolate and nougat around a green marzipan centre.
Each individual chocolate costs around 0.60 Euros and you can expect to pay a little less per chocolate if you buy in bulk. I paid 2 Euros for 4 Mozartkugeln.
They are nice, but to be honest I didn't find them to be anything special. Perhaps the handmade Furst Mozartkugeln are better than Mirabell's mass-produced variety, but I certainly didn't think that the Mirabell chocolates were good value for money.
Mozartkugel are quite expensive....
Fun Alternatives: ...so here's a secret: in a lot of grocery stores they will be sold for much cheaper than the specialty stores. I didn't actually test this in Salzburg; however, I bought them in Mondsee and in Germany.
Don't be color blind!
The red and gold boxes are a great price, but they are not the original. The silver and blue foiled candies are the true original and also much better tasting. They aren't always easy to find, but you will be glad you did find them.
Unique Suggestions: Taste the difference... see for yourself. The false ones won't cost yu much. The real ones aren't expensive, but a little more than the mass produced fake ones.
Fun Alternatives: Silver and Blue foil... not Red and Gold.
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