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Motiv Zuckerl

These detailed, dainty confections are made by hand with minimal tools.

Maria Scholz and Chris Mayer fashion dainty confections known as Motiv Zuckerl, or Austrian rock candy, by hand. A far cry from what some countries call rock candy (in the United States, for example, the term applies to a wooden stick enshrouded in a lump of rock sugar, primed for beverage-swizzling), these detail-oriented sweets are a labor of love.

After visiting a Swedish candy factory, Scholz and Mayer fell in love with candy-making and opened their own factory, Zuckerl Werkstatt, in Vienna in 2013. Employees use minimal tools (scissors, a spatula, a spoon, a brush, and a hook) for whipping air into the mass of sugar, creating stunning candies that contain up to 80 layers. Motiv Zuckerl come in various flavors and designs, ranging from printed sayings to colorful fruit. And the artwork isn’t just for aesthetic. Each fruit-branded candy really is the same flavor as whatever image graces its surface.

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The company also hosts small workshops where you can learn how to make the candy yourself and take home your creations. Each workshop begins at 6:00 p.m. and lasts two and a half hours. You can purchase a ticket for the Vienna workshop (note that it is located at a different location than the Vienna store below) and the Salzburg workshop online. Each costs about $100 (90€). But if that sounds too costly or labor-intensive, you can always just stop by either store to pick up any of their sweet offerings.

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