What is it about these chocolates that make them so wildly popular as gifts and souvenirs?

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The quintessential elegant edible of Austria.

Invented in Salzburg in 1890, Mozartkugeln - chocolate-covered bonbons made of pistachio marzipan and nougat, wrapped in foil adorned with the white-bewigged countenance of Wolfgang Amadeus - are sold everywhere, and have become a favourite purchase of visitors as gifts or mementos of their visit to Vienna. You'll find them not just in department stores and pastry shops, but at street kiosks, various and sundry small shops, and even street stands. Major brands include Altmann & Kühne, Demel, Heindl, Neuhaus, and Mirabell.

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