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I was given this bar as a gift , i have never tried marzipan before,i heard they use marzipan on cakes sometimes,but other then that the experience was new for me.
Niedergger Dark chocolate Marzipan:
I'm one of those people who if receive a nice warped gift (chocolate or otherwise) i feel kind of bad for opening it because it looks so pretty and elegant.
as in the review picture my bar was warped in a kind of red plastic foil with a thick label in the middle,looked like something from the 18th century..so of course i enjoyed staring at it for awhile before opening it, i also especially love the Victorian era.
so of course right before i was about to eat it i did a little research to see if there was a history behind it.
now this bar has Germany written all over it (not literally but the style, the name and the shape look german)
i wont go too into detail with the history but this sweet dates back to 1806 and was originally made in Lübeck Germany,and were very successful and popular.
in 1871 they renovated the building and had confectionery with café and a reading room was created. (I Would have loved to go there seems to relaxing and elegant.)
in 1873 Niederegger's Lübeck Marzipan was awarded a prize at the World's Fair in Vienna.
in 1908 Niederegger was appointed purveyor to the German emperor.
in 1930s A modern marzipan factory was built in Ziethenstraße (using machines)
1942 The café was destroyed by bombing and the company's archives went up in flames.
in 1948 A new café was constructed on the same site.
1962 The construction of a new marzipan factory commenced in Zeißstraße, which has been continuously expanded over the last few decades.
2006 Niederegger celebrated its 200th anniversary.
Marzipan with love. Since 1806.
this company was able to stay in the family for generations.
Finally,The Taste: Once i opened it there is a smooth dark chocolate surface, when you bite into it you get a bitter cocoa taste then get that punch of soft very sweet marzipan.. it was so sweet and i was very shocked after because i was unable to eat all of it, but i oviously stored it in the fridge and enjoyed the rest of it later... i think this bar taste better in moderation then eating it all in one go as it is very sweet and rich...i also think this sweet is a hit or miss with people, its an acquired taste.
i personally really enjoyed it and because there's a nice history behind it it makes me enjoy it even more and plus the fact the wrapping is so well done and presented. i really hope they don't change anything in the future because its perfect the way it is. :)
i'm not sure how much they are but i know you could probably find them in Europe and England somewhere (for Canadians you would have to check at your local Denningers http://www.denningers.com/ )
here's the official Niedergger site,but i'm sure you could find it cheaper somewhere else online.: http://www.niederegger.de/en/
I am a huge fan of marzipan, whether is be marzipan fruits, in chocolate or even just lumps of the stuff on its own - I adore it! So spotting this in Tesco last week was a real find for me and I just had to go for it.
Looking at the packaging you can see it's meant to be more of a premium chocolate, in red foil with gold and red writing on the label. The bar isn't very big either, only about 4 and a half inches long, so with the price being nearly £2 a bar (well, £1.80) this isn't something you'd have very often. If you're a marzipan addict like me, you're probably better off buying the blocks meant for icing cakes and cutting them up!
Unwrapping the bar you essentially have what looks like a chocolate log, the chocolate itself is dark chocolate, which I actually prefer, though it is not particularly thick on the marzipan, so the bar doesn't end up to sweet and the chocolate doesn't overpower the strong marzipan flavour. The bar has a strong slightly bitter smell because of the dark chocolate; you can barely smell the marzipan until you bite into the bar.
Once bitten in to, you can see and smell the marzipan, a pale yellow colour with a slight almond fragrance. Taste wise this bar is absolutely delicious, sweet and rich, with a very creamy, melt-in-the-mouth texture, but also slightly sticky as you would expect from marzipan.
When you start eating it, this bar is very more-ish, though soon becomes a little sickly and I find it difficult to finish the entire bar at once, I can only get about halfway through the bar, which whilst frustrating also means the bar lasts much longer.
This isn't something I would have too often because of the price and the sickliness; it is however a very satisfying treat and one I will definitely have again!
As I sit at my desk - supposedly working - I have in front of me one of these lovely bars, bought for me by one of the women in my office, who loves Valentines Day and always buys a little something for everyone in the office...slightly mad yes but sweet nonetheless.
Anyway, it is known in my office that I like anything marzipan, hence she has got me this bar.
The bar itself is your typical Chocolate Marzipan bar, I'm not sure why but they do tend to be rather similar in appearance... Its just under 6inches long (the bar that is... ;o) and about an inch and a half wide, with a semi-circular cross section and rounded ends.
Unwrapping the bar reveals nice silky looking dark chocolate, which combined with the some how soft shape, gives a very aesthetically pleasing bar.
The first bite is always good, as your teeth break through the chocolate, which gives way with a slight cracking as your teeth travel through to the lovely texture of the marzipan. Neither hard nor too soft, the marzipan has a great feeling in your mouth as the slightly grainy texture almost dissolves away. As you chew and mix the gently almondy but sweet flavour with the bitterness of the dark chocolate, the contrasts goingon in your mouth are brilliant, soft and crunchy, sweet and bitter and strangely a hint of a hot and cold contrast as the marzipan feels somehow warmer than the chocolate. It really is a delight to eat one of these bars.
Sadly is it only too soon that you've finished the bar (if you're like me...) and you have to think about the calories you've just consumed...actually scratch that, of course you don't think about the calories, it's a blooming chocolate and marzipan bar, you know it's not going to be good for you but WHO CARES!?!?!? If you were to base your diet on these, of course you'd soon pile on the weight and turn into an over inflated lump, but for the occassional treat they are fine!!!
The only minor down side of these bars is the cost of them! These are not a cheap sweet treat, often costing four or five times as much as your average chocolate bar! However, if you keep your eyes peeled they can often be found on special offer, at which point it is a good idea to stock up if you like them and can trust yourself to resist them...I sadly can not do this!!!
I suppose another slight downside that some people would say is that they are very sweet, and I'm sure some people wouldn't be able to eat the whole bar in one go (what kind of people are these???)
Overall, in my opinion, this is a wonderful treat and one which anybody who likes almondy things would surely enjoy!
I love marzipan so was mega chuffed when I saw these Niederegger marzipan bars reduced to 49p in Tesco because I've always loved these chocolate bars but think the normal price of £1.80 is too expensive for what it is.
This chocolate bar is shaped like a log but flat on the bottom, as soon as you open it you get a yummy smell of marzipan coming out and I can also smell the dark chocolate.
One of the things I love is that the chocolate on the bar is very thin so that most of it is marzipan. Also the marzipan is a very light lemony colour and it's got a wickedly sweet and creamy flavour. The marzipan actually melts in your mouth when you have a bite and it's so soft that the texture of it is nothing like the yellow marzipan you have on cakes and stuff.
The dark chocolate is yummy too, it's very creamy even though you don't think it's going to be when you first bite into the. The chocolate has got quite a strong and rich flavour and that goes proper nice with the sweet marzipan.
There's another bar that it similar to this one from a company called Zentis, it's loads cheaper to buy and you get them in Supercigs and places like that. The thing is this Niederegger is loads nicer and taste much better quality, I love how soft the marzipan is and because it's so sweet the bar lasts loads longer than other chocolate bars because you have to take your time eating it.
Even though this is a delish chocolate bar I still think the normal price is a rip off, I'm glad I found some so cheap though and have stocked the cupboard up with a few bars.
NIEDEREGGER LUBECK DARK CHOCOLATE COVERED MARZIPAN
This cost me around £1.75 in my local Tesco's, not cheap for a bar of only 75 grams. However, I did think it was going to be worth it : the packaging looks expensive and classy, and I just know that the chocolate treat inside is going to be divine.
The pack is red foil, wrapped in clear cellophane, with a gold - trimmed white label. The writing on the pack is in red to match the foil.
The information on the side tells me that this contains "100% quality marzipan paste" although I much prefer the information in French, which tells me that this product is not just chocolate covered marzipan, but actually "Pate D'Amandes" - it sounds so much more exotic , don't you think?
Also unusual is the shape - it's flat on one side, rounded over on the top, with ovalled-off edges, just something a bit different and it stands out on the shelves.
Opening it up, I see that it is indeed very dark chocolate, embossed with the logo. The chocolate bar is not divided into sections in any way, so I choose a spot in the middle and break it open : the smell of almonds hits me, lovely. The dark chocolate covering is actually very thin and fine, which I like: other than that, it's mostly delicious marzipan.
This looks nothing like the custard coloured yellow marzipan that you might buy in a block to ice a Christmas cake: this is neutral in colour, pale delicate beige. Biting into it, I am struck by the fact that it isn't overwhelmingly sweet - slightly so, yes, but the main flavour is of quality: fine dark chocolate, followed by unadulterated almond paste. I don't think it has been sweetened, or if it has, not excessively.
It is basically heaven wrapped in red foil. Highly recommended for lovers of nuts or chocolate, it's a bit pricy but wow, it's worth it.
POSSIBLE DRAWBACKS: Sorry to state the obvious, but not suitable for nut allergy sufferers, of course.