More Where That Came From
Even though I went to Vollenweider Confiseur Chocolatier the other day with one particular item in mind (the blue and white Macaron de Zürich below left), and actually went home with only that… you should know that the shop has a whole lot more to offer. And I don’t mean simply more flavors of macarons either.
A very fancy chocolate shop in Zürich just behind the Opera House, it opened in October 2008 with its signature chic black and white design. With beautiful displays in the windows and on the shelves, each product wrapped with a perfectly tied ribbon and handmade chocolates lined up just so, you know you’re dealing with expertise and experience here.
In fact, Vollenweider has been around since 1943 in Winterthur, a town just 20 minutes from Zürich. Willi Georg Vollenweider’s son Hansueli now runs the show with his wife Marianne, using original recipes and family traditions, but innovating all the time. Everything done by hand, unusual flavors in chocolate and macarons, superior quality and utmost freshness in all ingredients used. When I learned all this, I hopped on a train to check it out. (And if baking maestro Nick Malgieri tells you it’s one of his favorite Swiss addresses, well you’d get on that train too!) On Winterthurs’ main market street, there’s a chocolate and confection shop on one side, and a tea salon on the other. There are a lot more products than here in Zürich, plus a sit down café, yet the same chocolates, macarons and famous “giraffe cake” too. You might have guessed that it’s the white cake above with the black polka dots!
I went to Winterthur during Easter time, so I got to see all of Vollenweider’s impressive chocolate bunnies and other festive confections. The giraffe cake even came with a bunny on it too. I couldn’t help but notice their Gugelhopf besides it – of course (that’s kugelhopf in German). So I tried that too. Officially a “Mandelgugelhopf,” it had a distinct flavor of almond as the name suggests (Mandel), and hints of citrus too. Not your traditional kugelhopf by all means. Simply another example of Vollenweider’s personal touch and his take on a classic. Nothing wrong with that.
Vollenweider Chocolatier Confiseur