It’s time for another Friday food feature.
Oddly enough, it was my husband who reminded me that I hadn’t yet written about Swiss chocolate. Of all people, why was it a guy? Then again, he knows me well, and he’s doubtless surprised that I haven’t mentioned my favorite food group yet (the chocolate one, of course).
One thing I loved about Switzerland was the abundance of fresh, gourmet chocolate. Not only could I find a wide variety of it in the grocery store, every local bakery had its own homemade chocolate. Here, you’ll see a small bakery with an elaborate selection of chocolates. This particular bakery was up in the mountains in a tiny alpine town.
Not only do the Swiss have incredible gourmet chocolates, such as truffles, they also do a great job baking chocolate into all sorts of goodies. Here, you can see a roll that I’m eating that is stuffed with chocolate on the inside. The Swiss version of a croissant is called gipfeli (they seem slightly less buttery), and you can often find chocolate gipfli at local bakeries. I had it for an afternoon snack with coffee.
Here’s a word you’ll need to familiarize yourself with in order to understand and purchase Swiss Chocolate: noisettes. That’s the French word for hazelnuts, and it seemed like I found that word more often than the German and more recognizable “haselnüssen.” The Swiss love to stick hazelnuts in everything. It’s their equivalent of peanuts, if you ask me. So, if you’re not a big fan of them (try some Nutella to see if you like the taste), learn to look for that word.
I’ll end with a recipe, since I’ve been doing that a lot with these food posts. I’m borrowing this one from my friend Jen Zug, who served me this chocolate Irish Creme fondue. It’s got ingredients that are easy to find in the US, but it’s got the Swiss fondue twist. I also like it because you can make it long before the party and leave it warm on the stove until you’re ready to transfer it to the prepared fondue pot stand.
18 ounces Semi Sweet Chocolate (chocolate chips work fine)
1/2 cup Light or heavy cream
1/2 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream
Combine all the ingredients in your chocolate fondue pot and heat on your stove burner on medium low. Stir until everything melts. Turn down the burner to low and stir occasionally until you’re ready to serve it.
Angel food cake pieces