Have you heard of "The Mozartkugeln Controversy"?...

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Have you heard of “The Mozartkugeln  Controversy”? (English translation Mozart Balls)

I must confess, I did some research recently and that is how I found out about it. Now you might ask why  this Beverly Hills Realtor and Chocoholic would start a research about Mozartkugel-s?


 Well, for Christmas, Diane surprised me with a container of Mozartkugeln. I was very excited since it has been quite a few years, since I last had them.


I inhaled the first Mozart Ball and it tasted differently then what I was accustomed to. I did not want to say anything, so I tried a second one. Keep in mind, this small, round sugar confection is made of pistachio marzipan and nougat and is covered with dark chocolate.


The history of this delicious Chocolate goes back to around the 1890’s when an Austrian confectioner created it, in Salzburg Austria. They became very popular, sadly he did not apply for a patent and other cake shops started selling similar products. As the imitation products began to appear, the creator initiated a court procedure to secure a trademark. The dispute spread from Salzburg Austria to Germany.


There were many  disputes, first the name The Mirabell Firm outside of Salzburg, Austria chose the name “Real Salzburg Mozartkugeln”.  Then there was the German competition The Reber Firm “Mozartkugeln”….

Anyway, you get the idea, there were battles over the hyphen, who had the original etc. The bottom line is there were many assorted Mozartkugeln and I have enjoyed them from 1964 on to the present. One thing was clear to me, that this version does not have as much or should I say the predominant flavor is not Pistachio Marzipan to which I was accustomed to. Hence my research and subsequent blog post.


If you never tasted the Austria version in the early 1960’s or the German version in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s you would not have done the research and you would not have had any idea about the disputes from the 1970’s to the early 2006’s.

So, with that said the 2018 version is still very good it just does not have the predominant flavor of the Pistachio Marzipan. Thank you  Michael Jacobs     for the inspiration to write this post about Chcolate and Dispute😊!

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Endre Barath, Jr. if they taste as good as the one showing the inside of the chocolate shell looks, they must be just spectacular

Dec 30, 2018 02:19 AM #1
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Pistachio marzipan sounds quite unique! I never heard of these, thanks for the information.

Dec 30, 2018 03:01 AM #2
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Endre,

You know by now my favorite subject is history.  Good one, one that I didn't know..thanks

Dec 30, 2018 03:08 AM #3
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

marzipan to me....lovely to see all of the pieces fashioned as fruits, etc...not sooo much to taste it.

Dec 30, 2018 03:27 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Endre - thank you for the mention. While the history is interesting, I want to know details of any upcoming tasting/ sampling events. 


Dec 30, 2018 03:46 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Endre. You are very serious about this and I understand. I remember a small candy shop in Philadelphia as a kid. I never went there but my Dad did and the candy was amazing. I still miss that candy.

Dec 30, 2018 05:45 AM #6
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Endre.  I may have to do some of my own research into these.  (I'll start by trying to find as many variations as I can and ordering them all.)  

Dec 30, 2018 05:50 AM #7
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Endre. Not my thing, but appreciate your research on the topic! Enjoy every bite!

Dec 30, 2018 06:10 AM #8
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

One of my all-time favorite chocolate treats, Endre... but never heard of the controversy! This was interesting.

Dec 30, 2018 06:24 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I knew about Marzipan, the Sicilians love it and make all kinds of amazing treats with it, and neither one of us is front of them.  I am so happy you love them, and now I had not known about this controversy...thanks for the lesson, we are always learning wonderful new facts.  Cheers to a great New Year to both of you!

Dec 30, 2018 08:39 AM #10
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Oh dear now I have a horrid craving for chocolate Endre Barath, Jr.  maybe mix some powdered peanut butter with unsweetened chocolate --not decadent but much less calories

Happy  Healthy & Prosperous

New Year in 2019


Dec 30, 2018 10:29 AM #11
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Endre that one looks like it had coconut filling in the center.

Dec 30, 2018 02:29 PM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh my goodness, that looks and sounds delicious and I had no idea that there was ever a controversy, Endre! 

And, I'm with Michael Jacobs - I'd like to know when the next taste-test is! Perhaps we can plan one in San Fran next year?!!!

Dec 30, 2018 03:51 PM #13
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Barbara Todaro  they are OK:) no complaints, I just remember the ones that had more of a pistachio marzipan flavor to them:))Endre

Dec 30, 2018 11:50 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kat Palmiotti  there is a company out of Maine or Vermont that imports them... I will as Diane where she got them for me...Endre

Dec 30, 2018 11:51 PM #15
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James Dray  glad you liked the history:)  I just remember eating them for the past fifty years or more:)Endre

Dec 30, 2018 11:52 PM #16
Sandy Nelson
Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc. - Olympia, WA
your Olympia area Realtor


I've never heard of the controversy and didn't know there were different varieties of Mozartkugeln. I'm German and have only tasted the ones from Germany. I will have to try the ones from Austria the next time I go to Salzburg. Thank you for this interesting tidbit.

Mar 01, 2019 07:50 AM #17
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