Literally. Here is the history of Swiss chocolate in a nutshell – or would that be a cocoa pod??
Ever wondered how a country without a single homegrown cocoa bean become one of the world’s leading chocolate manufacturers? The pioneers of Switzerland’s ‘Chocolate Revolution’, from the good people at SwissInfo, is a concise history of the Swiss chocolate industry. You’ll recognise some of the names in the story; they are still associated with tasty treats today.
For those of you lucky enough to live in or be traveling to Switzerland, there’s also a link to a list of chocolate factories to visit.
This episode of Planet Money about the history of fondue popped up on my NPR One app this morning. I had no clue that fondue was a modern construct! “The popularity of fondue wasn’t an accident. It was planned by a cartel of Swiss cheese makers, which ruled the Swiss economy for 80 years.”
Admittedly, I haven’t put a lot of effort into learning how to make fondue, but we do have it at home occasionally. More often, we gather a group of friends and make a night of it out at a fondue restaurant or our local “chalet”.
For the record, our favourite place for fondue is Baracca Zermatt, a wintertime pop up place whose truffle fondue is absolutely divine. Their Toblerone mousse is pretty tasty too.
Source: Episode 575: The Fondue Conspiracy : Planet Money : NPR