World Chocolate Day: July 7

World Chocolate Day: July 7

All you didn't know about Swiss Chocolate!


We are all aware of Switzerland being the world’s finest timekeepers, of the country’s abundance of natural beauty, and even of its mastery in chocolate making. What we might not know, however, is that beyond the attractively-packaged facade that promises delectable creamy textures and rich flavours, Swiss chocolates also harbour a treasure trove of lesser-known secrets.


Here are some fascinating facts about Swiss chokercolates, known for the perfect balance it creates between sweetness and bitterness, that might surprise even the most ardent chocolate aficionado.


The Birth of Milk Chocolate!


It was in the picturesque town of Vevey in 1875 that Daniel Peter, a Swiss chocolatier, made a groundbreaking discovery that changed the sweet world forever. By combining cocoa with condensed milk, he created the world’s first solid milk chocolate bar, with the help of his neighbour, Henri Nestlé, who had perfected the art of making condensed milk!


The Secret Ingredient?


What sets the taste of Swiss chocolate apart from others is the secret ingredient — Swiss Alpine milk! The unique quality of this milk, derived from cows grazing on the lush, nutrient-rich alpine meadows, contributes to the unparalleled creaminess and flavour of Swiss chocolates. This milk’s distinctive properties, by the way, are a guarded secret among Swiss chocolatiers, ensuring their products’ consistent excellence.


How Chocolate conching made a debut?


The smooth texture of Swiss chocolate is no accident. In 1879, Rodolphe Lindt invented the conching machine — a revolutionary device that evenly mixes cocoa butter within the chocolate for hours or days aerating the mixture to perfection at a controlled temperature. What this does for chocolate is that it eliminates all the bitterness of cocoa and enhances the flavour and texture of chocolate, making it silky smooth. Today, conching is a standard practice in chocolate production worldwide, thanks to Lindt’s pioneering work!


Pioneers of Swiss Chocolate?


Switzerland’s chocolate legacy is a tapestry woven with the contributions of several visionary pioneers. Besides Daniel Peter and Rodolphe Lindt, other notable figures include

François-Louis Cailler, who established Switzerland’s first chocolate factory in 1819, and Jean Tobler, the creator of the iconic Toblerone bar in 1908. These innovators laid the foundation for Switzerland’s reputation as a chocolate powerhouse.


Chocolate Tourism: A Sweet Escape


The Swiss take their chocolate very seriously and you will get a sense of that when you visit the country. A variety of chocolate-themed experiences are available for tourists. From The Lindt Home of Chocolate in Zurich which is one of the most popular experiences amongst Indian Tourist to The Swiss Chocolate Train, which takes passengers on a scenic journey through the Swiss countryside, with stops at chocolate factories and shops, to the Chocolate Museum in Broc, home to the Maison Cailler, locals and tourists can enjoy an immersive experience learning about the history and production of chocolate. Visitors can even create their own custom chocolates in workshops led by master chocolatiers.




Long before the world knew about sustainability, Swiss chocolate companies were already practicing it at their sourcing and production units. Many Swiss chocolatiers source their cocoa beans from fair-trade certified farms, ensuring ethical labour practices and environmental sustainability. This commitment not only helps preserve the environment but also supports the livelihoods of cocoa farmers, ensuring a brighter future for all.


Home of the World’s Largest Chocolate Sculpture!


In 2017, Swiss chocolatier Alain Roby created the world’s largest chocolate sculpture, a towering replica of the Matterhorn Mountain, weighing over 4,800 kilograms (10,582 pounds)! This incredible feat showcased not only the artistry and craftsmanship of Swiss chocolatiers but also their passion for pushing their creative boundaries to create chocolate masterpieces.


Swiss chocolates are more than just a treat; they are a testament to the country’s rich heritage, innovation, and dedication to quality. So, the next time you indulge in a

piece of Swiss chocolate, remember that you’re savouring a slice of history, culture, and a legacy of sweetness that continues to delight the world!

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Pavita Jones