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The history of Lubeck

Lubeck, the small city in Germany has a culture even more beautiful than the taste of it’s chocolate produce; Niederegger. Lubeck, derived from the word ‘Liubuce’ meaning ‘the lovely’ or ‘the beautiful’, is a city who’s layout has remained unchanged since the 12th century. Nevertheless, Lubeck is a city full of history, so people can explore old churches, historic buildings and museums, achieving the greatest experience possible from a historic and cultured city. And the greatest thing that’s happened to Lubeck is obviously in our opinion the purest and most luxurious marzipan chocolate. So if you never get to visit Lubeck, you are sure to get a taste of the luxurious city with every mouthful of Marzipan.

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Marzipan and Milk

Marzipan is a surprisingly diverse treat that isn’t always enjoyed with the right accompaniment. Of course we all like a Niederegger treat to accompany our lunchtime tea break, but have you tried apple & calvados flavoured Marzipan with a whiskey?

 

In fact Niederegger gives us a plethora of ideas about what goes well with marzipan, as we see from their mini-loaf selection. It includes flavours such as Apple & Calvados, Mirabelle Brandy, Rum & Croquant and Vodka & Fig each covered in dark chocolate, and filled with Niederegger’s coveted Marzipan that contains 58% Almonds.

 

If you’re still stumped for ideas the 200 year old company also offers actual drinks which, of course, work well with marzipan. For the morning and lunch there is Niederegger’s Marzipan Flavoured Cappuccino, Marzipan Flavoured Tea and also Rooibos Herbal Tea, made from the leaves of African plants related to those used in red bush tea. And for the evening, there’s a Cuandole Marzipan Liqueur, good for a party or as the perfect accompaniment to a good quality chocolate. The chocoholics (which, let’s face it, if you’re reading this blog you probably are!) will be pleased to know there’s even a Marzipan flavoured Drinking chocolate to enjoy before you go to bed.

Marzipan can be had with a rich assortment of drinks and other confectionary, with chocolate, milk and even, if you’re into it, peanut butter! Why not try experimenting with mixing Niederegger’s Marzipan treats with other foods and drinks and tell us what your favourite combinations are?!

 

The Healthier Option

With the Olympics at a close and the Paralympics on the horizon, for the vast majority of londoners it’s now or never to get fit. It’s now or never to eat healthier and work towards that dream body. It’s safe to say that the sun hasn’t been consistently blessing us with good weather but a good body brings satisfaction even when the sun decides not to co-operate. Yes persistent exercise will be be expected and also a well structured diet but also a healthier snack. Preferably one high in vitamin E. Preferably a tasty, smooth Niederegger treat. Almost guaranteed that since the buzz of the Olympics, and a surge of new determination amongst aspiring athletes, you won’t be alone on this new journey of a healthier lifestyle.

Miss Marzipan

She’s the sweetest candy in the basket. The most delicate flower in the bunch. She’s Miss Marzipan. Just as beautiful on the inside as the outside, she represents all that Niederegger Marzipan stands for: quality, delicacy and heritage. Certainly not to be mingled or confused with the impostors of marzipan. She shall roam around London with a wagon of goodies imploring people to have a taste for their own good. Selfless. To each citizen she’ll hand delicately baked treats that only 200 years of experience and prudence can give birth to. With a bonnet of love and a basket of smiles, she’ll warm up your world and do your taste buds justice. From the Olympic scenery of Stratford to the residential scene if Shepherds Bush, she’ll travel in style with a mission in mind. To bring justice to the people of London. Niederegger Treats- that’s justice.

Chocolate, the new Caviar

Britain is a nation of chocolate lovers – we love to indulge in this scrumptious treat. Britons consume an average of 11kh per person per year, that’s around 3 bars a week – this equates to 660,900 tonnes a year in total!

Since 2007 chocolate consumption has doubled, the biggest increase was seen to be in the consumption of dark chocolate, milk chocolate is the first choice for two thirds of all Brits, only 1% don’t like it!

The demand for chocolate will increase by roughly 5 million metric tonnes by 2012 according to food companies and commodity traders – this year’s supply is already expected to fall short, with demand being too high.

Chocolate is not just important to business in the UK; according to the World Cocoa Foundation some 50 million people around the world depend on cocoa as a source of livelihood. Chocolate’s popularity means it has been a powerful tool for changing trade patters, as on of the first and most successful fairly traded products.

On a negative note, it has been said that in 20 years it could be a possibility that chocolate production will decrease to the point where it will be as valuable as caviar. Farmers in Africa are currently illegally using land on national reserves, as they are so desperate for fertile land to produce this sought after crop. John Mason, executive director and founder of the Ghana-based Nature Conservation Research Council, has forecast that shortages in bulk production in Africa will have a devastating effect: ‘In 20 years chocolate will be like caviar. It will become so rare and so expensive that the average Joe just won’t be able to afford it.’

The aforementioned can already be seen as cocoa prices increased by 10% in 2011, this is the largest increase since the 1970s.

I must say I was quite impressed with the opening ceremony of the Olympics. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t looking forward to it that much, as I had heard rumors circulating around London that it wasn’t going to be that amazing – obviously, they were just trying to fool me!

The opening ceremony really gave me an insight into British culture and its heritage, and I have to say it was quite spectacular. From the image of the fresh, green countryside and the farming to the sudden change to the industrial revolution and the suffragettes, the NHS and now the social media generation.

I thought one of the most impressive part of the ceremony, was during the industrial revolution where it looked like they were carving the Olympic rings and then they rose into the air… I was in awe!

I also shed a few tears, when the Olympic torch was passed from your most successful Olympian to the next, young Olympians – I thought was a beautiful way of lighting that magnificent cauldron.

Unfortunately, I was unable to get tickets to any of the Olympic games including the opening ceremony – but I managed to find a beautiful roof terrace where I watch the red arrows fly over my head at exactly 20:12, and was able to see the fireworks in the distance. I heard a lot of British people say, ‘Well we have now managed to master the art of firework displays since the Millennium disaster.’ It left me wondering how bad your firework display was back in 2000?

Well I am continuing to watch the Olympics on the television and I am totally hooked. The problem is, I love this country so much and yet I am from Germany – I don’t know who to support???

Lots and lots of love,

Miss Marzipan xxx

 

An introduction to Miss Marzipan

Greetings!

I would like to introduce myself to you. I am Miss Marzipan from Lubeck, Germany. I’ve just touched down in London town – and am so excited to be in this fantastic city – it is far bigger than my hometown, although, I have heard the weather is pretty poor out here!

So you are probably wondering what the purpose is of my trip – well I have been sent straight from Niederegger’s factory to provide you Brits with some delicious Niederegger goodies!

I am sure you will see me around, and I will keep you updated as to where I shall be in London handing out yummy goodies! It would be great if you could stop by, I have always wanted to meet the lovely Niederegger UK followers. We have heard so much about you!

See you soon!

Lots of love,

Miss Marzipan xxx

 

 

 

Melt in the mouth Marzipan

When one thinks of marzipan they think of a very sweet and sticky substance, much like icing sugar, making it seem plain and boring. However, there is much more to it than that. Once you have been in the business for over 200 years, you begin to see a whole new perspective in regards to the world of marzipan. This can be seen in all Niederegger products.

Niederegger features a range of flavour combinations that are somewhat unusual and completely change peoples initial thought of marzipan.

Thinking outside of the box is one of Niederegger specialities – this is really displayed in its marzipan, which features flavours such as Ginger & Marzipan, Lemon & Marzipan, Egg Liqueur and many more.

As far as the old common conception of traditional marzipan goes, Niederegger have perfected their recipe for marzipan over 200 years using less sugar and more almonds bringing you a subtly fragrant and enjoyable taste of marzipan that isn’t too overbearing on ones taste buds.

As well as the typical combination of chocolate and marzipan, Niederegger have also created a unique and original range of hot drinks.  This means that you can not only enjoy a delicious bar of milk chocolate marzipan, but you can also watch it melt in a charming cup of marzipan rooibos tea.

 

The History of Niederegger Packaging

The classic niederegger packaging was created in the 1900’s.  The classic icon on the Niedergger packaging is the Holsten Gate. The Holsten Gate is a city gate marking off the western boundary of the old center of the Hanseatic city of Lübeck. This Brick Gothic construction is one of the relics of Lübeck’s medieval city fortifications and the only remaining city gate, except for the Citadel Gate. Because its two round towers and arched entrance are so well known it is regarded today as a symbol of this German city, and together with the old city centre of Lübeck. The Holsten Gate is composed of a south tower, a north tower and a central building. It has four floors, except for the ground floor of the central block, where the gate’s passageway is located. The side facing west (away from the city) is called the “field side”, the side facing the city the “city side”. Alfred Mahlau added this icon of Lübeck to the Niederegger packaging. Alfred Mahlau was a German painter, illustraiter and painter, he is famously known for his graphical illustrations and also for his large stained glass window – Dance of Death. The fact that Niederegger has not changed its packaging for over a century shows that it is a true classic and the product has not changed since it was created in 1806.

 

Tin Niederegger boxes, whos design predates the 1900th century will be on sale in all John Lewis stores this Autumn. 

 

Marzipan Around The World

Marzipan has been used in Europe and most of the world since the Middle Ages. It was brought back from the Crusaders when they traveled to what is now the Middle East. No one is entirely sure where marzipan originated; some historians say China, others say the Middle East and even Italy. However, Marzipan has been incorporated into deserts all over the world. Marzipan was already very popular in the 16th century, it was mentioned in a dictionary from the year 1521. Marzipan is an artisan sweet that will never be forgotten.

In Italy, marzipan (marzapane) is often shaped and painted with food colouring to resemble fruit (Frutta martorana) especially during Christmas and on All Souls’ Day.

The depiction of fruit using marzipan is traditionally Sicilian due to its initial use at the Chiesa di Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio, a monastery near Palermo which used the marzipan to decorate the bare trees of the convent when important guest were visiting. The Marzipan was traditionally eaten on the occasion of All Saints Day (where the marzipan fruits are traditionally put by children’s beds)  and All Souls’ Day.

In Greece and Cyprus, marzipan is used in different ways, but is almost always left white. On the islands of the Aegean in particular, white marzipan is used at weddings, and is served to the guests.

The best marzipan in Greece can be found at the 11th-century Santo Domingo el Antiguo. The nuns working there have kept the recipe for their marzipan secret since the 13th century. Often in the window of this pastry shop, one may see either a replica of part of Toledo’s cathedral, or of the Sinagoga del Tránsito, made of marzipan.

In Latin American, marzipan is known by the Castillian word of mazapán and is also traditionally eaten at Christmas. Marzipan is generally made with peanuts instead of almonds. In Mexico, it is often hand made as an artisan treat with either peanuts, pistachios or pine nuts.

Peanut marzipan has an entirely different texture to Almond Marzipan. Almond Marzipan has been described as soft, sweet, moist and perfumey while on the other hand Peanut Marzipan in comparison to Almond Marzipan has been described as sandier, crumblier and it has a very strong peanut flavor. This style of marzipan has more of an acquired taste compared to Almond Marzipan.