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The ultimate Swiss chocolate

January 30, 2014, 3 Comments

Cailler müesli barMilk chocolate and muesli: two Swiss gifts to the culinary world finally combined in one. Recently I discovered a new delight among the chocolate shelves of my local supermarket – Cailler’s new muesli chocolate bar. It was an instant hit with me, not least because I like to think of it as healthy chocolate, full of fruit and fibre! Best of all, it only comes in giant 200g bars.

We have Daniel Peter, a candlemaker from Vevey, to thank for milk chocolate. He was the son-in-law of chocolatier François-Louis Cailler and neighbour of industrialist Henri Nestlé. By combining his father-in-law’s dark chocolate with his neighbour’s new condensed milk he created the first milk chocolate bar in 1875.

Cailler unwrappedMuesli, or Birchermüesli as it’s known here, was first made in 1900 by Dr Maximilian Bircher-Benner from Aarau as a healthy evening meal for his patients. And for many Swiss, it is still exactly that. The rest of the world may think of it purely as breakfast (or as a birdseed-sawdust mix that’s as tasty as grated cardboard), but the Swiss eat muesli whenever they fancy. It is, in fact, the Martini of Swiss foods, to be eaten anytime, anyplace, anywhere.

And now the two can be eaten together. No doubt there have been chocolate-muesli bars before but surely none as divine as this one. It didn’t take me long to unwrap mine; it didn’t take me long to finish the whole bar either. All 200 lumpy bumpy grams of it.

Cailler underside

3 Comments on "The ultimate Swiss chocolate"

  1. Bella Fiore' Monday May 11th, 2015 at 06:25 AM · Reply

    I really enjoyed your posts on your website. I love visiting Switzerland and plan to relocate there in a couple of years. I love the Swiss lifestyle and have always enjoyed the people. See you soon.

    Bella

  2. Heidi Kelly Friday July 17th, 2015 at 10:00 AM · Reply

    I am sure you have already heard this; there are FOUR official languages in Switzerland, not three. You left out Romansch.

    • Diccon Bewes Thursday August 20th, 2015 at 03:33 PM · Reply

      That’s not quite right, I’m afraid. There are indeed four languages in Switzerland but Romansh is a only national language not an official one. The difference is that everything official must be in German, French and Italian but Romansh is only used for Romansh speakers. So for example, safety notices, acts of parliament or the descriptions on food packets do not have to be in Romansh.

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