Niederegger Marzipan – One of a Kind German Confectionary
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When people think of Lübeck (Lübeck vacation rentals | Lübeck travel guide), what first comes to mind is marzipan. Lübeck, this harbor town in Northern Germany, is the world’s capital of marzipan. Lübeck Marzipan is an international trademark and describes a delicious confectionary made from sugar and almond paste. Although several marzipan manufacturers exist in Lübeck today, the oldest and still most popular brand is Niederegger Marzipan.
Marzipan has its origins in the Orient and was brought to Europe during the Crusades in the Middle Ages. In the beginning marzipan was considered a healing remedy and therefore only produced by chemists. Only in the 18th century, when sugar had become a mass—produced staple food, pastry chefs started to work with marzipan and took it to a whole different level. They let their creativity run wild and started to experiment with these once plain marzipan loaves. Soon it was common to color the marzipan or combine it with chocolate to create eatable figurines, that were not only tasty but beautiful to look at.
In the town of Lübeck, as one of the major ports in Europe, there was never any shortage of food supplies and inspiration from other cultures, which made it easy for its confectioners to get on the forefront of this development. The most creative one of them was a young pastry chef called Johann Georg Niederegger. In 1806 he bought Maret Confectioners from his former boss, when he retired, and soon decided to specialize in marzipan creations. Within only a couple of years he managed to transform this once small pastry shop into a successful international business, which then has been handed down from generation to generation until today.
One of the secrets to the lasting success of Niederegger Marzipan is the quality of the marzipan itself. Only this manufacturer uses pure marzipan without any added sugar for its confectionary. Additionally, the level of creativity at Niederegger seems sheer endless. Today they sell more than 300 different products, ranging from classic marzipan sticks covered in chocolate to colored marzipan creations looking like pieces of fruit.
Of course, today it is possible to buy the products of Niederegger Marzipan nearly anywhere in the world. However, nothing beats visiting Café Niederegger, the company’s flagship store and landmark of Lübeck, to immerse into the world of marzipan and have your pick from the almost overwhelming assortment of delicious Niederegger Marzipan creations.
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This travel guide has been written by Kathrin Wagner.
She grew up in a small town in Bavaria and then studied Media studies, Literature and History in Erlangen and Munich. As a student she already spent half a year in London and moved back there after graduation in 2006. She is still living in London, where she works in publishing.
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