Interview with Sandy Bolland from Funky Chocolate Club in Interlaken, Caroline Derungs of Chocolarium in Flawil and Kai Spehr from Lindt Home of Chocolate near Zurich.
Switzerland has a long chocolate-making history and is renowned for producing some of the best – if not THE best – chocolate in the world.
So it’s not surprising then, that eating Swiss chocolate is right up there at the top of most people’s must-do lists when they visit Switzerland.
Of course you can buy Swiss chocolate at the supermarket and at souvenir stores when you’re in Switzerland but for a really immersive experience and to learn more about Swiss chocolate, visiting a factory or taking part in a chocolate making workshop is a fun thing to do.
In today’s episode, we’re going on a virtual chocolate-tasting tour to three different places where you can learn more about the history of Swiss chocolate, watch it being made, make your own chocolate in a workshop, and eat chocolate to your heart’s content.
If you need to go on a chocolate-tasting tour, you need Switzerland.
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Chocolate experiences covered in this episode:
Funky Chocolate Club
- Funky Chocolate Club opened in 2014 is located in located in Interlaken a ten minute walk from both Interlaken Ost and Interlaken West train stations.
- Pralines and some chocolate products are made on-site but Funky Chocolate Club is not a big producer.
- In the workshops offered by Funky Chocolate Club, customers make their own slabs of chocolate whilst learning about the history of production of chocolate in a fun way.
- Workshop participants receive a Funky Chocolate Club Level One Chocolatier certificate.
- Workshops last for 75 minutes and are suitable for everyone from age 4.
- Advance reservations are recommended for the chocolate-making workshops.
- There’s also a cafe and shop on-site.
- Funky Chocolate Club is open year round (sometimes closed in November).
📌 Visit the Funky Chocolate Club website > here.
All images courtesy Funky Chocolate Club.
- Chocolarium was founded by Aquilino Maestrani in Lucerne in 1852. The company moved to its current premises in Flawil (near St. Gallen) in 2003.
- Chocolarium’s tagline is “The Chocolate Factory of Happiness”.
- Visitors can enjoy learning about chocolate through various methods including a cinema, discovery tour, chocolate-making courses and a shop and cafe.
- A variety of chocolate-making courses are available to suit all ages.
- Chocolarium partners with Hotel Säntispark just outside St. Gallen so that customers can stay overnight in a chocolate-themed room.
- Visitors can reach Chocolarium by car or by train and bus, or they can walk along the Schoggi Weg (chocolate way) from Flawil.
- Chocolarium is open year round except on Monday and public holidays.
- It is recommended that you purchase entrance tickets in advance.
📌 Visit the Chocolarium website > here.
All images courtesy Chocolarium.
Lindt Home of Chocolate
- Lindt began as a small confectionary in Zurich in 1845.
- In 1879, Rodolphe Lindt invented the conch, the art of making the chocolate smooth and give it a soft, melting texture.
- In 2013 the Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation was founded with the aim of passing on the history and tradition of chocolate to everyone.
- In 2020 the Lindt Home of Chocolate at Kilchberg, near Zurich, was opened. It features a number of exhibitions and interactive experiences for guests including the world’s largest free-standing chocolate fountain, a museum, a pilot plant where real-time production can be viewed, and the world’s largest Lindt chocolate shop.
- Visitors can enjoy a chocolate-making workshop in the Chocolateria with a Master Chocolatier.
- Workshops are suitable for everyone aged 6 and over.
- Lindt Home of Chocolate is open 360 days a year from 10am.
- Visitors can arrive by car, train or boat.
- If you wish to join a chocolate-making workshop or take a guided tour, it is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.
📌 Visit the Lindt Home of Chocolate website > here.
All photos courtesy Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation.
You might also find these articles from Holidays to Switzerland helpful:
- Tasty chocolate experiences to enjoy in Switzerland
- 60+ attractions and things to do in Interlaken
- How to spend 48 hours in Zurich
📌 Get your free copy of my Swiss chocolate lovers map and guide > here.
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