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April 03, 2022

Candy in Switzerland

Switzerland is most renowned for its cheese dishes fondue and raclette, but there are plenty of sweet delicacies to entice you as well. My husband's aunt lives in Bern, and every time we've visited her, we've always been served the most exquisite cakes. In addition to Aunty's offerings, I've had the pleasure of sampling a plethora of delectable Swiss pastries and delights on my travels to Switzerland.

1. Chocolate from Switzerland

A list of must-try Swiss sweets would be incomplete without adding chocolate; after all, the Swiss are known for making some of the world's greatest chocolate. Switzerland's chocolate makers include Frey, Maestrani, Teuscher, Cailler, and Laderach, in addition to internationally recognized brands such as Lindt and Toblerone. Each Swiss chocolate manufacturer has their own distinct offering, whether it's chocolate loaded with nuts and berries, condensed milk, or goods prepared without preservatives and additives, so there's a chocolate for everyone. Personally, I can't get enough of Lindt's Extra Creamy Milk Chocolate.

2. Apple Strudel

Although it is not strictly Swiss, apple strudel (Apfelstrudel) may be found on the menus of most Swiss restaurants.

Wrapping numerous layers of ultra thin crust around a scrumptious mixture of sliced apples, sultanas, and cinnamon creates this delectable treat. After that, the strudel is sprinkled with icing sugar and baked till golden brown.

According to purists, the pastry used to create apple strudel should be so thin that you can read a newspaper through it!

Warm apple strudel is finest served with a drizzle of vanilla sauce (a thin vanilla custard).

Although apple strudel is good no matter where you eat it, it tastes much better with a beautiful view of Switzerland. I've had the good fortune to eat apple strudel in various lovely Swiss places, including the Alps.

3. Gelato

It may seem unusual to list gelato as a must-eat dessert in Switzerland, but gelato is a part of the culture of the Italian-speaking Ticino region. With this portion of Switzerland's mild Mediterranean environment, eating gelato on a sunny afternoon is the ideal activity. Gelato, as in neighbouring Italy, comes in a wide variety of flavours, with options ranging from fruit, nut, coffee, and chocolate. Stracciatella, a silky vanilla gelato with dark chocolate ganache, is my particular favourite.

4. Apricot Cake

If you visit Switzerland during the summer, you're likely to encounter apricot cake on bakers' display cases and on restaurant menus. Aprikosenkuchen, as it is known in German, is a simple yet delicious sweet dessert. Apricot halves are often inserted into the buttery foundation of the cake before baking, which is sometimes done in a deeper tray rather than a round cake pan. When the cake is cold, it is coated with icing sugar and served in large slices with whipped cream.

5. Berliner

These delectable nibbles, known as Berliners or Krapfen, do not originate in Switzerland, but they are a popular delicacy in Swiss bakeries. In Australia (my native country), we call them jam doughnuts (donuts), however the Australian version is filled with strawberry jam, whilst the European variant is loaded with a delicious apricot filling. A Berliner is essentially a yeast dough ball with a jam center. It is deep fried and then sprinkled with powdered sugar when it has cooled. They're available at bakeries and supermarkets, and they're perfect for a picnic lunch. When I'm out touring for the day, I typically bring one in my bag because they're a nice snack for a quick pick-me-up.

6. Raspberry Cake

Kaffee und Kuchen is a popular activity in Switzerland, and there's no better cake to go with your cup of joe than Himbeerkuchen. Raspberry cake, like apricot cake, is best eaten in the summer when the fruits are in season. There are a few common methods to create raspberry cake — it can be cooked with the raspberries in the batter, similar to making a raspberry cupcake, but I like it served more like a pie with the raspberries strewn on top. There aren't many cakes I adore more than this one, with a light sponge foundation and a top of condensed milk covered with a thick coating of raspberries.

7. Energy Balls

Not to brag, but all of our satisfied customers can let you know that we actually produce the best vegan energy candy in Switzerland! We offer several different flavours, all of them sugar-free and extremely healthy and delicious. We also support many charity causes, which you can see here. So, for every purchase you make, you're actually contributing for the healthy meal of a child in need.

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Editor: Martina Zlatkova

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