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If you've had Goldschläger before, chances are you either love it or hate it. It's a highly polarizing drink for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the gold flakes clearly floating around in the cinnamon-flavored schnapps. Nonetheless, a surprisingly small number of people actually know about Goldschläger history

The thing is, while brands like Jack Daniels and even Grey Goose have a heritage they're proud of, Goldschläger doesn't. The brand has been passed around from company to company and manufactured in a number of different places. How it's survived this long is anyone's guess.

Unlike many brands whose manufacturers release all kinds of statistics, the current owners of Goldschläger seem content to keep the mystery alive, for better or for worse.  Its alluring gold flakes have inspired all kinds of crazy theories. When it comes to supposed facts about Goldschläger, it can be hard to separate what's true from what's made up. Luckily, this list provides more than a few verifiable Goldschläger schnapps facts, so next time you take a swig of the golden drink, you'll know what's in store.
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There's Actual Gold in It


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Many skeptics have surmised that the gold flakes in Goldschläger aren't actually real. They suggest that they're actually gold-colored cornstarch pieces or some other painted substance that merely looks like gold. Despite the skepticism, the tiny flakes of gold in Goldschläger have actually been proven time and time again to be the real thing.
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The Gold Was Once Thought to Be Medicinal


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Nowadays, the gold in Goldschläger is there just for show. However, back when gold was first being put into Goldschläger and its predecessors, alchemy was quite popular. At the time, some people thought that gold had special healing capabilities. They believed it could aid in the treatment of different diseases and illnesses.
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Goldschläger Used to Have More Alcohol in It


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In its current iteration, Goldschläger is 40-43.5% alcohol. That's a bit more than some spirits out there but nowhere near as much as it once was. At one point, Goldschläger was 107 proof, or 53.5% alcohol.
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The Gold in Goldschläger Is 24 Carat


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Many people have speculated that the gold in Goldschläger might be just 9 or 14 carat, meaning it's been mixed with impurities. According to Global Brands, that isn't the case. This is highly important because while it's safe to drink the gold in Goldschläger, a lesser carat of gold with different impurities could be dangerous to consume.
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