Mozartkugel (“Mozart chocolate”)

The man himself immortalized as the face of Austria’s most famous souvenir

Today a colleague in my workplace shared a box of Mozartkugel (aka “Mozart chocolate”) with everyone in the office, which was a pleasant present from one of her students. No sooner had I seen the face of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on the artistically wrapped foil, I took a picture of it because it’s such a famous souvenir from Austria, the country where the great composer came from.

Subsequently, I wanted to find more information on this Mozart chocolate based on the manufacturer’s name, Viktor Schmidt, on the outer package as shown above. And here goes a story of how this chocolate came into being and some other interesting facts.

A confectioner named Paul Fürst opened a shop in Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, in 1884 and produced Mozartbonbon for the first time in 1890. Later he changed the name to Mozartkugel by establishing his namesake company, Fürst.

Thenceforth, lots of other competitors in Austria as well as Germany, began to produce imitations, so Fürst took the matter to the court to obtain a trademark. The decisions of the court was rendered favorably to the plaintiff, which ordered the competitors to choose other names than Mozartkugel.

In fact, there are 8 other firms that produce Mozart chocolates, one of which is Viktor Schmidt I enjoyed today with the picture taken above. Of all these 8 firms, the Austrian firm named Mirabell selected the name, “Real Salzburg Mozartkugeln,”whereas  the German firm, Reber, used “Real Reber Mozartkugeln. Notwithstanding all these commotions, only Fürst is regarded to make “Original Salzburg Mozartkugeln”.

It is also to be noted that the Mozartkugeln made by Mirabell are permitted to have a round shape, while other “industrially” Mozartkugeln must have one flat side, such as the one by Viktor Schmidt I relished today. In my opinion, as long as there is the face of glorious Mozart on the individually wrapped foil and the taste is great (although it will be preferable if it was made in Austria), then it should not be a matter to me. And Mozart will be amused to find his face timelessly enshrined on the kugeln.

The information as aforesaid is adapted from Mozartkugel.

Nevertheless the passions, whether violent or not, should never be so expressed as to reach the point of causing disgust; and music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart




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