Bonjour, Guten tag, Ciao everyone! So I know I’ve been absent for some time now without any explanation, and I apologize for that! But if my title and multi-language greeting didn’t give you the hint, I’ll try and make things a little more clear… for the past two weeks, I have been in SWITZERLAND! Yes, my friends Switzerland! Now I know what you’re thinking. What the heck is in Switzerland? Well let me tell you my friends, there is a lot in this little peaceful country. There’s lakes, mountains, chalets and snow! There’s cheese, cows, chocolate and shopping! There’s so much I’m going to have to create more than just one post to fit it all in!
But there’s one thing I must cover first… Chocolate. Sweets. Delicacies. You get the point. I just can’t post about anything else before I post about the chocolate. It’s stereotypical, yes, but it’s 100 percent true. Switzerland has the most magical chocolate you will ever eat. And furthermore, some of the best desserts I have ever eaten. And let me tell you, I’ve eaten a lot…
Alright, we’re going to go in chronological order here because it’s the only way I can organize my overly-excited-to-write-about-sweets thoughts. The first day we came into Zurich, I was already bombarded with sweets. Just walking out of the train station I feasted my eyes on the Sprungli storefront, a famous Swiss confectionery manufacturer.
Pies and tarts and cakes, oh my! I already knew I was going to like Switzerland…
Next up, Laderach. This was one of my absolute favorites. Look at that sea of chocolate. Don’t tell me you don’t want to devour it all, slab by slab. Yes, I did just say slab, because that’s what those are. Big, beautiful slabs of amazing Laderach chocolate.
After Zurich, we went to Lugano, a very Italian influenced part of Switzerland because it’s so close to Italy. So close in fact, that we took a day trip to Como in Italy! While walking around the charming little streets, I came across these adorable little treats (yeah, I rhymed.) Aren’t they the most delicious little cups of mousse and fruit and cream you ever did see?!
Also walking around Como, I saw these. And then I died. Meringues. Big. Giant. Meringues. Some chocolate covered. I adore meringues. They always have been and always will be one of my favorite sweets. Little did I know, that Switzerland is actually quite famous for meringues! I’m telling you, this country was made for me…
Next stop, Interlaken. Interlaken was where we spent the most time of our trip and was probably my favorite! Oh hey, here I am with a giant ice cream sundae. My eyes are all squinty because I’m smiling really hard because there is a giant gelato treat in front of me, duh.
The next night, we went to a “typical Swiss restaurant” in Interlaken. This is where we started to learn how big meringue is in Switzerland… See that meringue tucked in the right side of this bowl of deliciousness?
This. Dessert. Was. Insane. A “chocolate bomb,” as it was called, filled with some sort of marshmallowy floaty substance, covered in chocolate. Oh yeah, and some chocolate bark on the bottom. So decadent.
The next night was actually my dad’s birthday! We went to the most amazing restaurant ever. Definitely top 5 meals of my life, and that is saying something because I have eaten A LOT of amazing meals. It was in the most adorable hotel called the Hotel Alpenblick. Everything about the experience was amazing. From our super-sweet server to the very charming owner, everything was simply magical. Now let me explain the creation in the picture you see above. This was actually my dad’s dessert! I can’t exactly recall what everything was, but let me tell you, it was a taste sensation. Little meringues, dried yogurt crumbs, savory sauces, it was like a taste explosion! Absolutely amazing.
Alright, a little less exciting but still amazing- these delicious choclates! (Oh P.S., we’re now in Lausanne!) These chocolates are from a famous Swiss chocolatier and caterer, Lucien Moutarlier. We stopped here for a little lunch… and dessert 😉
Okay, we’re coming to a slight close in out Tour de Swiss Sweets, but this next one is a big one. The chocolate train. Yeah, you hear right. Chocolate. Train. What does this entail, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. Visiting Gruyere where the cheese is made. Amazing. Visiting the Callier chocolate factory. Getting to sample chocolates. Amazing-er. Let me show you what I mean…
And here we go. The Callier Chocolate Factory and Museum. This is a little representation of what the building actually looks like inside the Museum. Can you imagine me in a place dedicated to chocolate? I was sort of freaking out.
This part was beyond cool. We actually got to see the chocolate being made!!
And finally, sadly, our last night. Tear, tear. But friends, it was an amazing one! We spent our last night at one of the restaurants of- get this- the top female chef in the world. The WORLD. Yeah, jaw dropping right now. My dad surprised us by taking us there, and let me tell you it was one of the best surprises ever! This dessert was one of my favorites of the entire trip (and that’s saying something, because I ate a lot of dessert.) I know it may not look like much, but it was a flavor explosion! Raspberry infused meringues filled with a raspberry and raspberry sauce and topped with delicious cream. Then, the center one, was filled with the most delectable coffee gelato you will ever eat! It was such a unique flavor experience, and I enjoyed every moment of it.
Well friends, there you have it. Every chocolate I ogled. Every dessert I devoured. Every sweet I savored in the lovely country of Switzerland. Yes, this post was obnoxiously long, but there’s no limiting the amount I can saw about the amazing Sweetzerland…