Another little souvenir of a trip to Europe, where marzipan seems to be much more popular than it is here in the UK, particularly in Germany, which is where Niederegger have their factory. As you can see, these chocolate coated marzipans are modeled on three different desserts (‘Himbeer’ being Raspberry). There are nine pieces in the box (three of each flavour), and they’re not small.
Each piece is made up of a dark, bittersweet chocolate coating (50% cocoa) or milk chocolate (33% cocoa) surrounding a marzipan sweet which has been filled with the appropriate ‘dessert’. The chocolate coating isn’t that substantial, but the filling makes up a fairly decent proportion of the finished product. Unfortunately only one of the three fillings was actually chocolate based.
The bottom line with these really is how much of a marzipan lover you are, as it’s the dominant flavour throughout. Unfortunately it’s not one of my favourites (I’m one of those people who leaves the marzipan when eating Christmas Cake) and not even the brightness of the raspberry or the depth of the extra chocolate filling in the Chocolate Mousse sweet could soften the taste of the marzipan sufficiently for me to really enjoy these.
Unless you’re a marzipan lover (and I know that such people do exist) then I’d have to say that if you fancy some dessert-themed confectionery, you’d be better off tracking down some Lindt Petits Desserts bars. Indeed, two of these flavours are available from the Lindt range (and to my mind taste a lot more like the thing they purport to imitate).