Marzipan has something of a Marmite-like effect on people – they either love it or hate it.
I love it, whereas my brother, who is not a fan, delighted me as a child because he would trim the marzipan off his cake and if I was lucky give it to me. Heaven.
Then I grew up and discovered Niederegger marzipan. Double heaven. It is rare indeed that a box or a bar of this delicious sweetmeat cannot be found in my store cupboard.
Niederegger dates back to 1806
The recipe, not unreasonably is a company secret, but it is known that Niederegger contains a higher proportion of good quality sweet almonds and less sugar than similar products – and there are no added nasties.
Marzipan – a mixture of ground almonds and sugar or honey – has been made in many countries for centuries. But it was in 1806 in Lϋbeck that a confectioner called Johann Georg Niederegger founded his famous company, and Niederegger Marzipan came into being. The company won its first gold medal in 1873 and has gone on to win countless others since then.
So many flavours to choose from
These days Niederegger lovers are spoilt for choice for along with the wonderful plain bars there are also bars covered in tempting dark chocolate and a range that includes a variety of exotic flavours – including the likes of pineapple, orange, and pistachio.
New for this year are yummy Irish Coffee with its glorious deep coffee note, and Apple Streudel with a very subtle flavour containing the tiniest pieces of apple.
There are many more variations on the marzipan theme, but one thing unites them, they are all scrumptiously delicious. niederegger.de/en
There is a good selection of Niederegger Marzipan, including Niederegger Mini Loaf of the Year – Irish Coffee from £4.50 and Niederegger Loaf of the Year Apple Streudel from £4.25, available from chocolatesdirect.co.uk.
Whilst the Niederegger Marzipan classic bar is also available at Waitrose stores nationwide from £2.