Waldmeister - A Unique German Flavor

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Master of the Woods!

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I've been eyeing this stuff in the pudding section of my local Edeka for a while.  It's called Gotterspeise, which is a gelatin dessert, just like Jell-O.  The flavor is something I've never seen in the states or anywhere else: Waldmeister.  Literally translated we have Wald (forest) Meister (Master) or "Master of the Woods".  When I googled "master of the woods", I came up with a very handsome wolf.  

Google Translate says that Waldmeister: "woodruff".  According to Oxford dictionary woodruff is "a white-flowered plant of the bedstraw family with whorled leaves, smelling of new-mown hay when dried or crushed."  Here is a picture of this scented flower.

My kids and I decided to taste test this German dessert.  It's clearly gelatine and it comes with a bourbon vanilla sauce to mix in.   I concentrated to figure out the flavor, but was at a loss.  It didn't taste fruity, floral, herbal or like hay, fresh or otherwise.  It just tasted green.  My daughter said, "I don't know what it tastes like, but its real gross".  My 5 year old basically slurped it down without tasting it, so he was of no help.  I thought it was pretty tasty and unlike anything I have tried before.

Waldmeister is not only a flavor of gelatine, but you can find it in a vareity of foods and beverages such as syrup for drinks, tea, freeze pops, gummy bears, ice cream, and beer!  

 Hajotthu at the German language Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

Hajotthu at the German language Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons