The difference between Oblaten Lebkuchen and Elisen Lebkuchen is mainly their respective oilseed contents, like hazelnuts or almonds. The German guidelines for Feine Backwaren (fine baked goods) regulate exactly the legal requirements for each recipe.
With Oblaten Lebkuchen there is also a distinction between ‘normal’ Oblaten Lebkuchen with a minimum of 7% oilseed content and ‘premium’ Oblaten Lebkuchen with a minimum of 14% oilseed content. Schmidt only produces the high-quality Premium Oblate Lebkuchen.
Elisen Lebkuchen’s oilseed content corresponds to at least 25% in their paste. Also, for Elisen quality Lebkuchen only so called 'precious oilseeds' can be used. These are hazelnuts, walnuts and almonds.