It is hard to unlink Mozart from Salzburg, as this city is the birth place of the famed child prodigy. He also lived for quite a number of years in this Salt Fortress. Mozart had definitely been used as a marketing tool to attract some 8 million visitors yearly, from all over the world to drop by to discover Salzburg's charm.
We spotted many souvenir shops in the old town, Alter Markt, which were selling these chocolate balls with mozart’s face printed on their red aluminium packaging. What exactly was it?
These Mozartkugeln, or rather Mozart balls (it seems more fun to say it this way ;) ), was first created by Paul Fürst, a confectionary, in 1890, and was named after Mozart. They are quite small and the main ingredients consists of marzipan, nougat and dark chocolate. The original Mozartkugel can be found at Cafe Fürst and 3 other specialty stores in Salzburg, while many other companies and manufacturers have various other similar recipes. Such other brand names are Mirabell and Reber, which you can find in absolutely every other souvenir shop littered on the streets of the old town.
We decided to check out the original Fürst cafe, which the first Mozartkugel was made, located at Alter Markt branch. It is in the heart of the old town and features a nice Austrian kaffeehaus setting.
Unsure about the taste and also the hefty price for a single ball, we decided once again to share just 1 ball first. We also had some tea to warm ourselves up as well as a strawberry cake to share.
Indeed, the original Mozartkugel does live up to its name of being the best. Since it is made of dark chocolate, the marzipan which I assumed to be extremely sweet, was in fact toned down by the dark chocolate. It was so great we decided to buy 3 more before leaving to take with us on the train to Hallstatt the next day.
After trying the original, we were really curious whether the Mirabell ones which we have seen everywhere tasted similar to Fürst's Mozart balls, or what was the difference. Curiosity killed the cat. We purchased a single ball by Mirabell from one of those souvenier shops and shared amongst ourselves. It was actually pretty good I must say, very different and much sweeter. But since we had both balls one after another and the taste was still fresh in our mouths, Cafe Fürst wins hands down due to it being not overly sweet.
Other than Mozartkugelns, Cafe Fürst also sells a number of other truffles as well as traditional cakes. The Mozart balls could cost a little more than others, but I don't see why they can't be edible souveniers of Salzburg to take away for friends and family!
1 Mozartkugeln - €1,10
Café Konditorei Fürst - Alter Markt | Alter Markt, Brodgasse 13, 5020 Salzburg | Summer Opening: Mon-Sat 0800h - 2100, Sun 0900 - 2100 | Winter Opening: Mon-Sat 0800 - 2000, Sun 0900 - 2000