Sunday, September 29, 2019

Chocoholics or Just Lucky?

In my opinion, we are very lucky to live in the land of chocolate abundance. And even luckier that we get to take advantage of this sweet Swiss cultural phenomenon of visiting chocolate factories periodically.

(We don't have a problem, really. 😋)

Recently we visited our fifth chocolate factory, and I can honestly say, eating Swiss chocolate and seeing how it is made never gets old. Each visit gets me more in touch with my sweet side. (And a little nuttier each time.)

Jazz hands!





















(For the record, there is an adorable picture of Maureen in her own chocolate costumed glory, but she forbade me to include it. Maybe you can coerce her yourself...)

This time we went to the Frey chocolate factory in Buchs, about an hour by train/bus from our house. One of the specialties of this chocolate factory is their line of Easter chocolates.
Somebunny looks shocked!






















The thing that set this chocolate factory apart from some of the other ones we've visited was the "Virtual Tour Guides".







































We wore headsets and scanned a QR code at various screens throughout the factory. You set the language at the onset so you could understand your "guide". It was a nice way to self pace your way through the chocolate making journey of this particular brand.

The tour culminates in a tasting room, where you can sample as many Frey Chocolates as you want. Let's just say Joe got his money's worth.

Complete with a chocolate fountain.

All around it was another good day to live in the land of chocolate. I even wore my "tasty" shirt for our tour.

Me and my bunny buddy.














And we ended up with a few bars to bring to the US for gifts - this is one of the most affordable factories and Swiss chocolates yet!
A tasty collection.













When you come to visit us here in Switzerland, we'll take you on your own chocolate journey - pick your factory. You can even borrow my shirt. :)

Today's poem is actually a throwback to one I wrote last year. Sometimes I get it poetically right the first time - why mess with what still rings true?

In Switzerland,
chocolate is brown gold.
Putting it in our faces,
never gets old.
©2018, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

8 comments:

  1. I've been to a couple of candy-making factories here, but never have been to Hersey, PA, which I hear is pretty good, but your Swiss chocolate experiences make me want some of that "brown gold" now! (Looking at the store later!) Sounds like a good trip again, Bridget!

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    1. I hope you got your chocolate fix, Linda! I hope to visit some US chocolate factories some day as a way of comparison. It's for scientific purposes of course. ;)

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  2. You look a little nutty in your picture Bridget!

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    1. Thanks, Joe! You look a bit nutty in real life. ;)

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  3. You're making me hungry for good, Swiss chocolate!

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    1. You are welcome to partake at any time, Joan. We'll come baring "brown gold" at Christmastime. =)

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  4. If I ever get the courage to visit you in Switzerland, it’ll probably be because of the promise that I’ll be able to enjoy a tour of a chocolate factory with you! You make it look like a wonderful adventure. I love seeing you guys having so much fun. Brings joy to my heart.

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    1. I hope you visit us sooner than later, Jeanette! No need for courage, we'll guide you through the whole chocolate eating experience. You bring us joy to our hearts as well. =)

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