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Swiss chocolate

Swiss chocolate has an international reputation for exceptional quality, and there are quite a few different brands to choose from. The Swiss eat, per capita, the most chocolate in the world, but fortunately for the rest of the world some does get exported thus allowing others to sample the delights of chocolates such as Lindt, Suchard, Nestle and Tobler, amongst others. The Swiss have been producing chocolate for many years, so no wonder they are so good at it. Lindt started in Zurich in 1845 with father, David Sprüngli-Schwarz, and son,Rudolf Sprüngli-Ammann, both of whom were confectioners, Lindt chocolate is known world wide as one of the world best chocolates, Suchard began even earlier in 1826 in Neuchâtel, he began his career as apprentice to his brother, a confectioner in Bern, some of his methods are still used to this day, he was also the first Swiss chocolate manufacturer to set up a factory abroad, Nestle began existence in 1905 and the famous Tolerone comes from the Tobler family, in 1868 Jean Tobler had a small confectionery shop in Bern,with the demand for chocolate rising he founded a chocolate factory of his own along with his sons.In 1900 his son Theodor took over the company and in 1908 invented the, now recognizable,triangular shaped Toblerone bar. The word Toblerone coming from his name and ‘Torrone’ the Italian word for honey and almond nougat.The Alprose Chocolate factory, situated just outside Lugano is another wonderful example of Swiss chocolate with the added bonus of being open to visitors for guided tours, this is not to be missed if you are a chocolate lover.

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