Last week I had a business trip to Switzerland with several ^^Important Meetings^^, but my side mission was to search out and find good Swiss chocolate to bring home. I took that mission way too seriously, and I’m sure I will wonder what the heck I was thinking when I get my AmEx bill–I will have to make sure that I have plenty of chocolate within reach when I open it.
In Lucerne, I picked up some good milk chocolate for my friends who don’t like the good stuff (aka dark chocolate).
Every time I posted on Facebook another friend put in an order, so I had to go back for more ….
One of the finer chocolatiers was near the train station and opened early, so I was able to pick up some locally made dark chocolate bars at Confiserie Kurmann.
Even before my trip was booked, I was advised that I should visit Blondel in Lausanne.
I opted for a selection of their “bark” chocolate–mostly dark varieties. After buying $30+ worth, I enjoyed a bit of the dark-chocolate-with-ginger with a coffee at the Starbucks around the corner, and it was so good I had to go back for more!
I wasn’t sure that I would have time to shop in Basel, but when I arrived I had enough time for a coffee before my first meeting. By chance, I ended up at the chocolatier I wanted to find in Basel.
From now on, I would like all of my coffee served with a complimentary Swiss chocolate truffle on the side! When I realized where I was, I decided to purchase a selection of their bars–they all sounded too good to resist!
I thought I was done buying chocolates until my last meeting of the day was in an office right next to another fine chocolatier–and a Starbucks!
It was too much of a “sign” to resist. One of my clients also encouraged me to try Springli chocolates, so I got a sample of those at the train station.
Do you prefer milk or dark chocolate?
Do you like nuts in your chocolate or are you a purist like me?
If anyone has connections, I’d like to be a contestant in the first ever “chocolate edition” of the Amazing Race! I think I’ve proven that I’ve got what it takes ….