From the 1920s until the late 1980s, milk floats were a staple of the British street. They drove up and down the country, depositing glass bottles of fresh milk at doorsteps. Then onward, the plastic milk jugs took over the supermarket shelves.
The old-fashioned glass bottled-milk is making a comeback, of sorts. Of course, glass bottles are more expensive to make and weigh a lot more and are fragile, but all said, they’re eco-friendly.
In “Amadeus,” (1984), Antonio Salieri offers Mozart’s wife, Constanze, a bowl of “capezzoli di venere, (Italian for “nipples of Venus.”) “They’re Roman chestnuts in brandied sugar,” he tells her.
From the way in which she bites into one, coquettishly, if greedily, you know that she’d love to devour the entire lot because it tastes so heavenly, but she can’t simply, for fear of appearing unladylike and piggish.
I’ve been in search of this courtly confectionery ever since I saw the movie as a teen. No luck so far.
There’s another equally scrumptious truffle I want to have, one named after the very composer depicted in it. The Mozartkugel is Austria’s third most famous cultural export after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Sigmund Freud.
It was born in 1890, when Paul Fürst, an ace confectioner in Mozart’s hometown, Salzburg, developed a delicious bonbon with a marzipan and pistachio core, coated in nougat and dark chocolate, which he rolled into a perfectly round bonbon, painstakingly by hand.
It’s still done the same way today, but sadly, only sold in stores within Austria.