Switzerland is a country with a sweet tooth, with 9 kilograms of chocolate per capita per year.
Switzerland is known throughout the world as a producer of some of the best chocolate around. But before we can determine which Swiss chocolates are the best, one question needs to be answered: why is Switzerland famous for chocolate? That's where our chocolate making expert will help us.
Many people do not know that the most important invention in the history of chocolate was made in Switzerland.
If chocolate has a smooth and creamy flavor, we owe it to Swiss chocolatier Rodolphe Lindt, who invented the conching machine. One day in 1879, he accidentally left his chocolate mixer running all weekend. When he awoke on Monday morning, he discovered that the chocolate had improved in flavor and texture after prolonged mixing. The chocolate eventually lost its rough texture and became smooth. Just a few months later, another breakthrough was made in Switzerland.
Daniel Peter was a Swiss chocolatier and neighbor of Henri Nestlé, the German-Swiss confectioner who had invented milk powder in 1867. Daniel came up with the idea of mixing Henri's milk powder with cocoa Nestlé and sugar. The result? The first board of milk chocolate.
But what do these inventions have to do with Swiss chocolate today?
The fact that Swiss chocolate is made in Switzerland does not guarantee its quality in the same way that Belgian chocolate does. Fine cocoa flavor, the skill of the chocolatier, and the quality of the ingredients are the most important factors in producing high quality chocolate. Unfortunately, not all professionals in the country are equally committed to quality. Some Swiss chocolatiers use large quantities of couverture chocolate, commercial equipment, and inexpensive ingredients to make "Swiss chocolate," and charge high prices simply because they do so. Moreover, what was once a secret patented invention is now a common method and tool available worldwide. Of course, some Swiss chocolates are worth buying, while others are not.
If you are looking for the best chocolate Switzerland produces, it is best to keep an eye on the most famous brands such as Lindt & Sprüngli, Nestlè, Maison Cailler and Toblerone. Chocolates produced on a large scale from cocoa not available elsewhere are full of useless ingredients and do not satisfy the most sophisticated palates at low prices. Instead, it is worth giving the small Swiss chocolatiers a chance.
Here are the best unexpected Swiss chocolates I can single out in my expert opinion for your purchase.