Mozart balls maker goes bust

Mozart balls maker goes bust


norman lebrecht

November 30, 2021

Collapse of the tourist trade has left the confectionery manufacturer Salzburg Schokolade facing bankruptcy.

Among other products, the company produces Mirabell Mozart balls for the US group Mondelez.


  • John Borstlap says:

    What an irony.

  • La plus belle voix says:

    What a lot of old Mozart.

  • Katrina says:

    Pray tell the same fate doesn’t await the Brandy Brahms Balls.

  • Nik says:

    Mirabell, pah! A gentleman buys his Mozartkugeln at Fürst.

  • Nijinsky says:

    How tragic. Maybe the Catholic Church will go bankrupt too, or bust rather.

    All just because of the corona virus…..

    • Gustavo says:

      The virus itself is sphere-shaped like a cheap Mozart ball.

      The Catholic Church is dome-shaped.

    • Maria says:

      Try saying the same thing about the Mosque and the Synagogue, rather than the largest Christian church, and you might have ended up being accused of religious hatred and causing real offence. The Catholic church is not a bank but the Christian faith.

      • IMF says:

        How woefully uneducated you are about the extraordinary monetary wealth held in the Catholic, Jewish and Muslim religions Maria.

        You realize that without money God, Yahweh and Mohamed don’t exist. Somebody is ALWAYS PAID to both believe and push the dogmas. No primitive trappings for any of these capitalist businesses powerlessly relying on income.

  • Gustavo says:

    Luckily, these were the less desirable balls.

    I recommend avoiding those footless Mozart balls that come in large family packs.

    Go for small quantities of footed balls that contain a drop of alcohol to enhance the flavour.

    That said, I have switched to König Ludwig balls that have a tangy orange aroma married to hazelnut and marzipan.

  • Gus says:

    Was always our last purchase with the kids to see how many Mozart Balls we could get with any left over Schillings in the local Village Spar. I think they tasted better then before the Euro.

  • I am stunned to read that a product called “Mozart Balls” does not dominate the market.

  • BRUCEB says:

    Knowing what we know about Mozart’s sense of humor, I think he would have been mighty amused at the idea of his balls being a tourist attraction, sought after by music- and chocolate-lovers everywhere… and he would be sad when they went bust.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    They tasted ghastly anyway.

  • Radnor says:

    Don’t Worry! You can buy Mozart’s Balls on Amazon and there are at least six different makers, like Mirabell, Reber, Halloren, Victor Schmidt, Lambertz and Maitre Truffout. So there are plenty available after a very small maker (small balls) went under. Who makes big balls nowadays?

  • Ya what says:

    I’m sure Show-pan perfume is still available for sale. Those who’ve watched their ads during the livestream of this year’s Chopin competition will know what I mean….

  • Genius Repairman says:

    I had them once and really liked them. But I could not buy them anywhere in my country when I wanted them again.

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    A particular brand of the footed ones are better. There are a few spherical frauds out there, but they will soon roll out of fashion except in Karstadt food halls and airports.

  • Tanya Tintner says:

    Perhaps it’s karma. The Viennese treated Mozart abominably but have been making a fortune off him ever since (the same with Mahler). The only people with any moral right to make money out of Mozart are the Czechs.

  • Gustavo says:

    I want Richard Strauss balls from Garmisch.

    And Mahler balls from Toblach.

  • Nijinsky says:

    Out of “nowhere,” which is quite a place. There’s apparently also a middle of it. Maps for getting out aren’t widely available, though.

    From there, I found out about Mozart’ 275 Missa Brevis, actually from having the thought that someone reincarnated (if time is linear, which it isn’t) who then helped with the famous Hallelujah, but he (who was a castrato, and so I’m not going to make jokes about having no balls…..), he sang this piece, which then was felt to mock Donna Nobis Pace?

    Although, it must have been quite traumatic for Wolfgang at the time, it STILL makes me laugh. Because it was simply light, like recreation might be to give one peace. and NOT, it wasn’t: “I have suffered so much, I deserve it,” as if all of the suffering people cause, to themselves, to anyone willing to go along with it, which they could simply THEMSELVES stop, God is going to find pays the “debt” to get peace, as if they aren’t responsible themselves, and it’s something akin to who knows what (I’m at a loss….I think they had mostly “legally” stopped sacrificing virgins by this time already). And so, no it didn’t have this imposing grim begging or intimidation, or extreme stress to it, people think expresses, who knows what…..

    And then it’s tragic, they need Mozart Chocolate balls, or the Catholic church to recover…..

  • Jeff says:

    Oh No ! I always loved a post- Christmas binge of listening to Mozart, working a new crossword and munching Mozart balls next to the fireplace !

  • John Borstlap says:

    What sometimes happens here, is when a critic or a musicologists visits us and he talks too much, I’m instructed to serve the biggest Mozart balls available, I have to make sure we have a box of them ready for such instances. When taken into the mouth, he falls silent for at least 15 minutes and is forced to listen, I must say to the most boring talk but that’s personal.


  • Ruby Yacht says:

    Well, I never see them in a store, so maybe that’s why.

  • John Borstlap says:

    I read in the Stürmische Beobachter, the periodical of the GFMG (Gesellschaft der Freunde von musikalischen Gegenständen), that in the 18th century there were already some sort of Mozart balls in Vienna but they were called ‘Schweigekugeln’, meant to stop too loud chattering during concerts and theatre plays, as well at receptions at the Hofburg court. It had been reported at the time that Mozart himself regularly administered them to his wife to be able to compose undisturbed. Only after his death, when he finally got famous, did the factory change the name.