Austria is a fantastic country to visit, rich with history, beautiful locations and of course delicious, sweet treats and chocolate. It may not be as famous as Switzerland for its chocolate goods, or as notable as France for its patisserie treats, but it’s a country that has some decadent desserts and food that everyone needs to experience at least once.
Here’s a look at some of the most must taste treats that originated from Austria, which ranges from chocolates to baked goods and more.
Mozart chocolate, also called Mozart Kugeln in the native Austrian tongue, is a delicious form of chocolate that is a staple within Austrian cuisine. It’s unlike any other type of chocolate you would have tried, thanks to it being a chocolate truffle filled with a decadent blend of hazelnut nougat and pistachio marzipan. These two distinct flavors marry together well to create a divine treat that will have you wanting more and more.
The chocolates were first created in 1890 in Salzburg, the birthplace of the famous composer of whom these treats are named after. With the treat now being well over 100 years old, it’s has been fined tuned and expertly crafted with only the best ingredients, making it an Austrian treat that has to be tried by every visitor of the country.
If you’re looking for a treat that’s a bit more festive, then you can’t go wrong with the traditional Linzer Augen, which is usually baked more regularly around the Christmas season. These treats are super simple yet delicious and may resemble in some way the UKs Jamie Dogger.
The Linzer Augen is created by gluing two baked shortbread cookies together with a red current jam sandwiched between the two pieces. They’re then usually eaten with a generous sprinkle of powdered sugar, to help turn it into a sweet snack that can be enjoyed by all. The shortbreads are so buttery and creamy that they almost melt in the mouth and with definitely leave eaters wanting more. You can also get a larger version of the Linzer Augen called the Linzer torte, which is great for dinner parties and special occasions.
Strudel is by far one of the most popular and most internationally well-known items of Austrian cuisine, and for a good reason, because it’s super tasty. The natives pride themselves in this awesome pastry dish, which can be filled with various fillings, such as apricots, peaches, and of course the most obvious, apples.
Strudels are made from soft and lightly sweetened quark cheese which is folded with elastic and almost transparent dough or puff pastry. Strudels are always best when they’re crispy and golden brown and are baked until a nice firm crust forms on the top of the dessert. It can also be spiced with vanilla or lemon to help give it a distinctive kick and make it a really special dessert. Although it’s eaten widely within Austria, it’s believed that the Strudel first came from the Ottoman empire, where it has spread across the Balkans and Hungary before eventually reaching Vienna.