The Birthplace of Milk Chocolate - Vevey, Switzerland
When I used to live near Vevey, which is the birthplace of milk chocolate, I never really thought about the existence of other kinds of chocolate. Sure, if a friend offered me some Belgium chocolate, I would eat it and maybe even enjoy it, but other types of chocolate just weren’t on my radar. So, imagine my surprise when people started telling me how lucky I was to be moving to Paris because the French make the best chocolate. It seemed like blasphemy!
As most French chocolate is proving to be too bitter for my taste, I decided to devote some time to finding out what makes Swiss chocolate so darn delectable. Remembering that Béatrice Tisserand, the Coordinator of Vacation Housing at the Tourist Office, was researching the history of chocolate in Vevey, I decided to pay her a visit while I was in town.
Béatrice, a former pastry chef with definite ideas about what qualifies as good chocolate, generously offered to take my friend Linda and me on a walking tour of Vevey. In between answering our questions on how to taste chocolate (it turns out that we had always eaten it too quickly to determine the rate at which it melts and to judge its consistency), Béatrice showed us the site of the first chocolate factory in Switzerland that was built by Francois Louis Cailler in 1819 and the house where Daniel Peter invented milk chocolate in 1875.
When Linda and I told Béatrice that we wanted to do some more practical research, she recommended sampling the chocolates at Durgnat in Villeneuve, Zurcher in Montreux, Augnet in la Tour-de-Peilz, Durig in Lausanne, and Poyet in Vevey. Both Durig and Poyet offer chocolate workshops for groups that must be scheduled in advance. All of the pictures of chocolate that are included in this post were taken at Poyet simply because it was the closest to my hotel.
Oh! And what is the secret ingredient that makes Swiss chocolate so irresistibly divine? It’s the addition of milk from the happy cows that spend their days grazing on the sweet grass and flowers found in the mountainous pastures in Switzerland.
Click on the following for more information:
A related post with photos of Poyet's Charlie Chaplin shoe shaped chocolate pralines
Cailler Chocolate Factory in Broc
Chocolate Train fromMontreux to Broc that includes a visit to the Cailler Chocolate Factory
Chocolate guru David Lebovitz’s blog on Blondel chocolate in Lausanne
And if you’re still craving chocolate, may I suggest watching the movie, Chocolat, with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp.
|The birthplace of milk chocolate, 13 Rue des Bosquets, Vevey|
|The plaque on the house where Daniel Peter created milk chocolate in 1875|
rue des Pressoirs 561844 Villeneuve
Avenue du Casino 45
Grand-Rue 21814 La Tour-de-Peilz
Avenue d'Ouchy 151006 Lausanne
Rue du Théâtre 81800 Vevey