Dark, milk or white chocolate? You probably have your go-to cocoa preference and Switzerland is a creamy, dreamy must-see destination for any chocolate lover. The quality of Swiss chocolate is the creme de la creme, and it’s not every day you’re able to tour the inside of the chocolate factory. After making truffles at Lindt earlier this Spring, we pounced on the opportunity to make our own Swiss chocolate bars at the new Chocolat Frey visitor center near Zurich.
Frey is one of the largest chocolate brands in Switzerland, so a day after my parents landed in Zurich last week, we made our way to chocolate heaven! Here’s a peak of our tour of Chocolat Frey and how this sweet little tour is more than just chocolate, as it was a perfect family day with Wilhelmina and my parents…
<Chocolat Prep! We were all in light sundresses because it’s been so hot in Switzerland! My mom and I prepped Wilhelmina for the day. I wore my new Back from Bali Peacock Print dress which is belted and has buttons down the front – aka – ‘NEW MOM APPROVED‘ for going out in public>
<Air Conditioning – WooHoo! As we entered the factory, there was the cool breeze of AC which was such a relief. Europe does not have air-conditioning typically, but you can count on it inside a chocolate factory>
<Vintage Chocolate – Did you know the Swiss consume more chocolate per person than any other country? I eat at least one Frey milk chocolate bar a week and there were countless cocoa facts we learned throughout the tour, plus a chance to see vintage Frey chocolate bar wrappers throughout the years>
<Time to Make the Chocolate Bars – There were fountains of Swiss milk, dark or white chocolate. We each went to the front with our tray and Frey chocolatier would fill it with the chocolate we wanted. Then we could add nuts, coconut, swirls or any design we wanted to create>
<My Chocolate Bar – I added all 3 chocolates, then swirled and tried to make a little almond sunflower. As we went through the tour our chocolate creations cooled before they were packaged and ready to take home with us>
<A Look from Above – As we entered the visitor center, there was literally a chocolate buffet of Frey creations on a conveyer belt and a new attraction that wraps the chocolate bars right in front of you>
<Yum! – After walking through the digital tour (offered in multiple languages) you can choose as many samples as you’d like off the chocolate conveyer belt. There’s even an interactive stop where you can dress up as a praline>
<After the chocolat excursion, someone was more interested in milk…>
<Special thanks to Frey Chocolat for the tour and MySwitzerland.com. Of course, one of the best parts was my precious little praline slept through the entire 2 hour excursion until the last few minutes. Now, that’s sweet.’
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