As I wandered among the melting chocolate flavors and finger-licking samples from no less than 33 booths, I had to admit that my French was too limited to go past small talk with the chocolatiers. I felt like the language barrier prevented me from getting more free tastings...
In fact, many participating chocolatiers were from the French speaking part of Switzerland, and most of them would switch to German, but not English.
It was a Newly Swissed moment for me that I could not escape from my limited German by simply asking “Können Sie Englisch?”, knowing that most Züricher would shyly start talking in perfect English. I have (arrogantly) taken it for granted over the last two years living in the Northeast of Switzerland...
So I wish that I was at the Salon du Chocolat with French speaking friends in order to dive into the chocolate business much deeper. Even a French phrase book would have enriched my experience. Nonetheless, every little piece of chocolate appealed and tasted amazingly, and the guests were having their happy chocolate moments as well!
On the other end of the show floor, I found the freshest cacao beans to have ever been imported to Switzerland! Supporting local farmers in Sào Tomé and Principe, this sustainable chocolate project stood out among other exhibitors. Its dark chocolate (70%) is a real knock-out!
Among fruity or spicy flavors, Miyuko’s matcha truffle was outstanding! The authentic Japanese tea culture has been condensed in a thumb size white chocolate ball with thin, green stripes.
At the end of the party, I had a blast at Maison Cailler’s unique chocolate personality reading machine - with English instructions (and English speaking hosts)! It turned out that Dimitri and I have different chocolate personalities!
We ended up buying two separate sets of praline boxes, one free box with delicious Easter bunny pralinés, and a sample box for a friend to find their own chocolate personality. Funny enough, I did not like his box (or his fruity taste preferences), while he was very interested in trying out my box.
We are still debating to whom we should send the sample box (or to eat it?)...
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