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December 6th ~ marzipan bear

Even though this hasn’t been the best treat so far (to be honest, it wasn’t too good at all…to dry and somehow lacking a nice edge!), it definitely is the cutest one so far! Isn’t this a cuddly marzipan teddy bear?

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December 5th ~ pineapple marzipan

Even though pineapple is my favorite fruit, I would not count pineapple marzipan as my favorite version of marzipan; and yet it is tempting! I have to admit I’ve tried it before, so basically I know what I got in here.

Most of the time, Niederegger has this thin semi-bitter chocolate shell filled with an enormously juicy type of marzipan. And this one is juicy as usual, with a nice raw texture floating over your tongue.

The pineapple is distinguishable from the rest and there is some nice fruity edge, while on the other hand it is rather decent, so it would not interfere with the actual taste of marzipan. This is something that can go fatally wrong when trying to combine fruit and marzipan. Especially if you’re attempting to make the fruit the main aroma of the marzipan: The fruit will overshadow the nutty marzipan aroma and make the treat fruity but lacking the actual taste of marzipan. Every time I get a treat like this I feel kind of spoiled: I bought marzipan without any marzipan flavor…
But I won’t complain this time, the balance is very well chosen, I really enjoy this treat, even though I’d rather go for plain marzipan!

8 out of 10

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December 2nd ~ dark marzipan

Today I got two tiny packages of Niederegger’s classic marzipan, but with two different covers: Marzipan in finest dark chocolate, one with 75% cocoa and the other with 87% cocoa.

Well, when I unwrapped it, I did not see any difference. You might say “what’s wrong with that guy, the one in the back is way darker”, but this is just the light. In fact, I exchanged the marzipan treats after the first picture, just to show you that they look exactly the same. This is a little weird in my opinion, but who am I to judge?

What is distinguishable is their smell. The dark one is way bitterer and the marzipan is hardly smellable, while on the other treat the marzipan smell is a little stronger and you can even smell a hint of sweetness in there.

I start with the darker version. It is a very thin chocolate coating that comes with an exceptional cracking sound while eating. Of course it is a smooth praline, but this cracking sound is remarkable! The marzipan is smooth but raw on your tongue, just as I expected it to be. It is rather bitter and even the marzipan will not change that, as it is not as sweet as some cheap marzipan creations are. This combination is one of the best I’ve ever tried, but definitely not the right thing for those who enjoy sickly sweet marzipan treats.

The lighter one is a little sweeter, which is not bad though. What I do not like about this treat is that the marzipan is not as juicy as the first filling was. A little sad but things happen. It should not, especially as Niederegger is not the cheapest marzipan producer on the market, and yet not all the almonds taste alike.

10 out of 10 for the 87%
7 out of 10 for the 75%

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December 1st ~ mousse au chocolat

Finally, I’m back! I’ve been waiting for December first for a long time now; specifically since the day I decided to start anew today, with new enthusiasm and a good system to blog even when I get very busy studying. Studying medicine is not as easy as I expected it to be, there are some downsides even though it is what I always wanted to do. The time I need to spend on studying and practicing is really a lot. But: I found a way!

So, as you may open the first door of your Advent Calendar today, I decided to start with the coverage of my awesome Niederegger calendar I got from my mother. Unfortunately, I cannot give you really high quality pictures now, as it is dark outside and my lights are not made for taking photos. Anyways…

Today I found a “mousse au chocolat” marzipan dessert pastry. It consists of a thin milk chocolate layer, filled with a layer of mousse au chocolate embedded in a lot of marzipan. The marzipan provides a nice scent of nut, mixing up with a faint note of chocolate. It is not too sweet, but it certainly differs from Niederegger’s classic marzipan.

The mousse au chocolate, well, it is rather sticky than mousse-like, but the taste is really pleasant and a lot like a typical mousse au chocolate.
The mixture of a smooth filling embedded in marzipan reminds me of the nougat-marzipan combination lots of people love and enjoy. I think this one is a worthy rival!

7 out of 10

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Niederegger Classics

I wanted to do something special today, but I am still not up to date with all the things I have to figure out these days. So I thought I’d show you my review of Niederegger’s classical marzipan.
All four versions come with a thin dark chocolate coating. The smell of the marzipan comes through the shell and provides a not too sweet but almondy aroma. A really tempting start!

Pineapple

You can tell from the outside that there is fruit inside the treat. I would not realize it is pineapple, but definitely fruit. Even the marzipan itself does not smell like pineapple, but still fruity. I’ve tried citrus marzipan before and I really did not like it as the entire marzipan flavor was overshadowed by the citrus. But here we have (finally) pineapple, mixed up with marzipan. Both flavors are really in balance and change while eating. It is fruity, but it does not lack the original marzipan flavor. The marzipan goes well with the bitter coating, really nice treat!

Pistachio

The only thing I smell from the outside is dark chocolate and typical Marzipan. The actual marzipan smells a little tarter and so is the taste. I like the huge amount of nuts in it, and I like it even more that the pistachio is dominating the flavor. I’ve eaten marzipan before in which the almonds were more intensive than the pistachio and this was a bummer. Not with this version, I like it even more than the pineapple one!

Espresso

Espresso treats will never be my thing, so I’d rather not rate this version. Still, I need to say something about it. What I like about it is this marzipan, is that after the really dominant and intensive coffee aroma wears off, there still is the actual marzipan flavor. Therefore I find it suiting for all those of you who really like the taste of coffee, as well as for marzipan-lovers. Even I ate both of the espresso marzipan chocolates inside the package, so you see, it wasn’t even too appalling to me 🙂 And I have to admit that the combination of marzipan and espresso goes really well with the bitter chocolate coating!

Orange

Last one in the row is the classical orange marzipan version. Lots of chocolates contain orange marzipan, so basically, I knew what I had to expect. Somehow the texture is different from the other marzipan versions, however this happened. It is a little drier and firmer, the chocolate coating tends to crumble apart. I miss the juiciness the other marzipan chocolates have. The orange flavor is kind of balanced, but the aftertaste overshadows the actual marzipan flavor a little. Even though I usually really like orange-flavored marzipan, I’d chose the pineapple version over it.

So, all in all I liked this marzipan-chocolate “collection”, but the orange version was a little odd. Next time I’m going to try the new “flavor of the year” forrestberry marzipan version and I’m really looking forward to testing it! Further, I’ve already started to try their Christmas range…Geek, amazingly delicious!

7 out of 10

Name: Marzipan classics
Branch: Niederegger
Price: 2.95 Euro
Size: 100g
Calories + Fat?

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Ritter Sport Winter-creation: Orange marzipan

I proudly present the last winter chocolate bar by Ritter Sport. Oh and today I saw them at a huge supermarket for sale! Hope you’ll get yours soon! The bars are also available as miniatures, which probably are best if you just want to try them! If you can, you really need to try those non-alcoholic winter editions!

First question: Can you see the difference to the normal marzipan chocolate by Ritter Sport? Right, this one is coated with a whole milk chocolate instead of a semi-sweet version. This is a personal minus for me; marzipan and milk chocolate in combination are usually way too sweet. And the third winter creation also with a common whole milk? Where is the diversion?
This basically means that sugar has to be the first ingredient, followed my almonds. 16% of almonds is not that much considered the marzipan filling makes 44% of the treat. Logically, this implies the marzipan consists of 36% pure almonds while the rest is sugar. Well, I can live with that but more almonds would have been better! 3.3% of orange-concentrate provides this intensive orange aroma which is definitely dominating the treat. Yet, it is nice and not too overwhelming, adding a good amount of fruity freshness to the treat.

Pretty decent milk chocolate meets a really good orange marzipan in here, I am positively surprised after my first whole-milk chocolate impression. This one is sweet but not sickly, the fruit rather adds a sour edge to the treat, which also sticks to you after the chunk in your mouth has gone. Not a bad after-taste at all, I’ve tried worse! The orange does not bury the marzipan, so that you won’t taste anything but orange, the almonds in the marzipan are pretty good noticeable!

The texture is a little too smooth to meet my personal favorite, just because we have to deal with a smooth milk chocolate, which still has a little crack left, but above all has this typical milky melt. The marzipan is raw, but not too craggy, and smooth, I enjoy the feeling it leaves on my tongue.

So, at first I thought this would be my favorite, even though I am not in favor of marzipan covered with milk chocolate. After trying all of them, I think they are all almost even. All three Winter-bars have their advantages and disadvantages, but all in all they are really nice and outmatch some of Ritter Sport’s all-year product range!

8 out of 10

Name: orange marzipan
Branch: Ritter Sport
Price: 0.85 Euro
Size: 100g
Calories: ???kcal per 100g
Fat: ???g per 100g

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Anthon Berg Marzipan + Cognac

The wrapper of this marzipan bar looks really noble. It is black with golden writing and it reflects things like a mirror.

Uhh, the first thing you realize that there is really a lot of alcohol in it. The bar also has a scent of marzipan, and of course you can smell the bitter chocolate coating, but the alcohol definitely dominates the aroma.  The chocolate coating is comparably thick and crunchy, while the marzipan is really soft and smooth. There is a nice crunch when you chew the bar, and at the same time it mixes perfectly with the marzipan filling.

The overall taste of the bar is rather bitter than sweet, not what I am used of marzipan chocolate. But that really says a lot about the quality of the marzipan in there. At first I thought there were more almonds in there than sugar, but that’s not the case. Probably the alcohol adds some bitterness to the bar. There is ‘only’ 6% of cognac in it, but after a 40g bar you really feel the alcohol that is in there, leave alone tasting it. For me, the flavor could be a little less intensive, but it is not repelling. The three main flavors are really balanced; you can distinguish them pretty well.

The texture wasn’t too good. It was chewy, but I miss this special marzipan-creaminess, if you know what I mean. This melt that still is raw on your tongue, but creamy at the same time.

All in all, I was a little disappointed. Anthon Berg is known as a pretty good marzipan producer, and as soon as I can get hold of a different version, I’ll definitely try it. I got the alcohol one in a surprise bag, so I did not chose it. I would not have gone for the cognac edition at first, even though I like a balanced amount of alcohol in chocolate or marzipan. Still, maybe I was a little spoiled by the amount of alcohol – as plain marzipan seems just the best marzipan version available; and only few components make a delicious addition to a marzipan bar!

6 out of 10

Name: Marzipan – cognac
Branch: Anthon Berg
Price: 2.00 Euro
Calories: 515kcal per 100g, 205kcal per bar
Fat: 30g per 100g, 12g per bar

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