Probably the best marzipan in the Wald.
You would never find Wald Marzipan if you weren’t looking for it. Or perhaps the point is that you stumble across it when you’re least expecting it. Hidden down a quiet residential street in a leafy corner of Berlin, Wald’s shop tries to be discreet but a peek inside and the sugar pink candy stripes give the game away.
A little step back in time as you push the door and a delicate bell tinkles . Above the counter the photographs of Irmgard and Paul Wald (the original founders) gaze down benevolently. They are there to ensure that the present custodian, Ralf Bentlin, keeps everything as it should be.
Paul Wald had come to Berlin from the Prussian town of Konigsberg in 1939. His family owned a confectionery shop in Konigsberg and Paul left home with the secret marzipan recipe .
Konigsberg Marzipan differs from other marzipan because it contains rose water and is finished off by burnishing the surface with a flame to create a caramelised effect.
Paul Wald met Irmgard in Berlin and they married and set up their business together, supplying Berliners with a taste of the Konigsberg speciality. Paul went on to win numerous awards for his almond creations.
My great great aunt Ella Spiero was born and grew up in Konigsberg. I like to think that she would have eaten the marzipan made by Paul Wald’s parents when she was a young girl in the early 1900s.
Many years later Ralf Bentlin married Paul and Irmgard’s granddaughter and he promised Irmgard that he would guard the family secret. To this day only two people know the exact recipe. All we can reveal is that Wald use the finest natural ingredients, including organic rose water, very small amounts of sugar and zero preservatives.
Our German Christmas Goodies Box comes complete with two kinds of Wald Marzipan. Available to order until 20th December.