A while back I reported on a journey to our central food market, where I picked up a range of goodies. This is another from that haul. At the time, I had no idea what I was buying. It looked chocolatey, and I haven’t seen it in a supermarket. That’s good enough for me.
Today about 11am, I’d just come back from a trip to the bank. A cup of tea and something nice was called for. Elevenses. Those who remember their Paddington Bear books would of course know what I’m on about. Time to open something from the stash and see what it’s like.
Kinkartz, it turns out, is a German baker and gingerbread specialist, founded in 1872. Today they are owned by the German Lambertz group – itself founded in 1688. It’s quite astonishing for a company to still be in operation after such a time. A bit more hunting around reveals that Domino Star is a seasonal item – perhaps caused by the fruit jelly filling?
Each of these little morsels has a very soft chocolate coating. Even in a cool room, it’s slightly sticky / tacky to touch, which feels a bit unusual and is slightly off-putting.
Inside, the layers of gingerbread, a fruit jelly, and marzipan are quite clearly visible. How they are kept separate, and how the gingerbread does not go soggy are a bit of a mystery.
Eating these is a mix of flavours and textures. This starts with the chocolate – sweet and not very strong. The marzipan is powerful, the fruit jelly is sweet and sticky. And the gingerbread gives the whole lot a bit of body and a subtle flavour. It all certainly delivers a sugar hit. I’m not a huge marzipan fan, nor a huge sugar / sweet fan. In spite of that I found these to be quite pleasant, and I’ve been delving back into the pack – to confirm my original thoughts. Purely for scientific purposes, of course.
If you like your marzipan, seek these out. They’ll put a smile on your face.