Countdown to Zürich’s Chocolate Event of the Year (+ ticket giveaway !)

What exactly happened to February is a bit of a mystery.  It somehow passed by in the blink of an eye, lost in a flurry of deadlines, diapers and a whole lot of chocolate.  (Not complaining at all.)  And now here we are in March, which in Zürich is a confusing ping pong game of long gray wintery days and rejuvenating sunny spring ones.  Whatever the weather, March is a time to indulge.  In chocolate, that is.  It’s time for Zürich’s second annual Salon du Chocolat, March 22-24 at the Messe in Oerlikon.  Who’s ready ?!

Countdown to Salon du Chocolat ZürichCountdown to Salon du Chocolat Zürich

Once again, the Messe will be turned into an absolute chocolate extravaganza for three days, with upwards of 50 tempting stands and tons of animations and things to do and see – and taste, but of course. You’ll recognize plenty of familiar faces – your local favorites alongside discoveries you may have made at last year’s event.  Eric’s Confiserie Baumann and Say Chocolate here in Zürich will be joining big names like Sprüngli, Beschle and Läderach. You’ll have chocolate brands you may know from your travels around Switzerland all under one roof: Suteria, Hot-Xocolatl, Confiserie Speck, Les Délices de la Ruche and Praliné Scherrer, to name just a few.  Goufrais and Manouga will cross the border from Germany to join us, as well as French neighbors Maison Boissier, Comptoir du Cacao and… I am so happy to say, Pâtisserie Sadaharu Aoki will be in Zürich too !  You can be sure Aoki will bring his infectious smile, Japanese style pastries and signature colored ganache rectangles (below, bottom right.  And that’s him further below on the right too).

With Easter not far away, I’m looking forward to seeing what amazing creations Thomas Müller, Chocolaterie du Rhône and Merz will have once again at their stands.  A feast for the eyes it always is.  This is especially true for visitors this year, as we have a special added bonus for you all… access to the globally renowned chocolate fashion show !  We pair up a chocolatier and a designer to create an actual chocolate dress; and not just for display, models will work the runway in these totally fabulous and fascinating creations (everyday at 17.00).  There’s also a new Atelier Pâtisserie, Librairie Gourmande, chocolate sculptures, Chocoland for kids and more !

Countdown to Salon du Chocolat ZürichCountdown to Salon du Chocolat ZürichCountdown to Salon du Chocolat ZürichCountdown to Salon du Chocolat Zürich

During the show, you’ll most likely see me running back and forth between Chocodémo (live performances of a dessert) and Chocosphère (conferences/tastings/presentations).  And if you can’t find me, I may just be backstage at the Culinary Theater tasting the desserts–I mean, making sure the pastry chefs have everything they need.  I’ve put together a schedule of demos and conferences with something for everyone… you can learn how to pair chocolate with wine, single malt whisky and even beer.  You can hear from chocolatier Fabian Rimann himself how he comes up with such unique flavors of pralines.  And listen to chocolatier/designer pairs talk about how on earth they made those chocolate dresses.  Feel free to ask them how those dresses don’t melt !

We’ve got a truly stellar lineup of demos this year !  David Pasquiet of L’Instant Chocolat, Swiss Chocolate Master 2013 will be there, as will Claudia Schmid, who held that title in 2011.  Come and wish David “bonne chance” for the World Chocolate Masters in Paris in October.  2013 Swiss finalists Sébastien Eckler of Basel’s Hotel Les Trois Rois and Jean-Baptiste Jolliet of Guignard Desserts in Orbe will have our mouths watering for sure.  Tobias Buholzer (below, top left) will show us how he makes Münsterhof’s signature chocolate cake, while Manuela Hasler and Pascal Haag (below, bottom left) will reveal the secrets behind Hiltl’s famous brownie.  And I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for the Widder Hotel’s “Moroccan Milky Way” ! (Last year, Chef Lamkhizni’s “Moroccan Bomb” was perhaps my personal favorite dessert at the salon.)

Have I peaked your interest yet ?  Check out the full schedule of demos and conferences online, and start planning your visit !

Countdown to Salon du Chocolat ZürichCountdown to Salon du Chocolat ZürichCountdown to Salon du Chocolat ZürichCountdown to Salon du Chocolat Zürich

Still want more temptation ?

Lots of new faces will be up on stage this year, including Badrutt’s Palace pastry chef Stefan Gerber, Julien Leroy of Restaurant Benoit Violier in Crissier and the new pastry chef of mesa restaurant in Zürich, Patrick Reiterer.

How about that gorgeous plate of chocolate, kamalansi and yogurt that Marcel Schmitutz is holding (below left) ?  He’ll show you how to make that and share his philosophy of showcasing fruit in chocolate desserts.  I was lucky enough to taste his current dessert menu at Clouds, in the Prime Tower, Zürich’s “skyscraper”.  The plates are simply beautiful (take a look at what he does with mango, bottom right) and the desserts so fresh and full of imagination and precision.  Nick Malgieri and Brian Jäger, my sweet buddies and lunch dates, were wowed at his combinations of ingredients (chocolate/pumpkin/orange or cassis/beetroot/Prosecco/muscovado).  And we are all still thinking about his “Waldorf Salad,” an ingenious mix of celery, apple, nuts and sour cream in dessert form.  I’d be tempted to go back just to order that salad, one bowl all for me – and not have to share it with two curiously hungry men.  Both of whom will be at the Salon du Chocolat too; you can listen to Brian speak about trends in high-end pastry in Switzerland and taste Nick’s Old-Fashioned Devil’s Food Cake.

Countdown to Salon du Chocolat ZürichCountdown to Salon du Chocolat ZürichCountdown to Salon du Chocolat ZürichCountdown to Salon du Chocolat Zürich

And now, last but certainly not least, how about winning a free ticket to this absolutely delicious event ?!  Simply let me know your favorite Swiss chocolate – be it a bar, confection, brand, shop or type of chocolate.  I’ll put numbered pieces of paper for as many comments there are into a hat and have my assistant (baby girl) grab 10. *Ten free tickets good for an entire day of chocolate fun and indulgence, from March 22nd to March 24th.* (Wish that could come with a free plane ticket for my readers outside of Switzerland, sorry !) 

And wait, it gets even better… the most passionate chocolate response of all will win a ticket (good for two people) to the VIP inaugural soirée on Thursday evening, March 21st (not open to the public).

So let’s hear your sweet Swiss favorites.  I’ll announce the winners here on Tuesday, March 19th.  And then… see you at the Salon !


Countdown to Salon du Chocolat Zürich



Salon du Chocolat Zürich

From Friday March 22 to Sunday March 24
Everyday 10am-7pm
Messe Zürich, Halle 5
Wallisellenstrasse 49, Oerlikon

Adults: CHF 18
Children (6-12 years old): CHF 9
Children under 6: free

45 Responses to “Countdown to Zürich’s Chocolate Event of the Year (+ ticket giveaway !)”

  1. Aurelie says:

    My favoritechocolate is the Marie Galante (peanut and salted butter caramel) from Du Rhône Chocolatier…….yum-yum !

  2. Hermione says:

    My favorite chocolate is Laederach’s the dark chocolate with almond chunks.
    Look forward to seeing you again at the Messe !

  3. KugelDad says:

    Unbelievable!!! I’m so very proud of my grandbaby’s mommy. Yes, this is a very exciting and well written blog post, with (as always) wonderful photography. But whoa baby, what a great job you did with the Salon du Chocolat. Great speakers, demonstrations, famous chefs and writers sharing their insights and recipes. So much going on. And all this with just a wee bit going on in your life. Wish i could be there honey. If i win the free tickets, does it include airfare :):):)

  4. Carole says:

    Your dad is right, unbelievable indeed! Congratulations for your hard work, it is really paying off! I can’t wait to visit this Salon du Chocolat, what an amazing lineup of talented chefs! I would love to win a ticket..It’s really hard to pick a favorite chocolate because I have so many but I really love a simple Lindt 70% bar. It’s all about dark chocolate for me. I would love to see you at the Salon 🙂

  5. Juliana says:

    Thank you for the generous giveaway! My favorite (at the moment) is the raspberry and passionfruit dark chocolate bar from Nobile ( Hope to see you at the Salon!

  6. Marlen says:

    Dear Kerrin,

    I had to print out this great post so I can read & enjoy it thoroughly over the weekend (job’s crazy..) and then carefully plan the upcoming visit to the Salon (so many exciting events to choose from 🙂

    As for my favourite Swiss chocolate, it’s hard to choose, but since it’s the season soon, I’d say one of them is the chocolate Easter eggs from Migros (the ones in coloured wrapping with dots). They have been around since I was a little girl and still look & taste the same; conjures up fond memories.

    I hope the little « Glücksfee » will pull out my name 🙂

  7. Maria Luisa says:

    I participate with pleasure in this “sweet” giveaway! I am very greedy and I love all kinds of chocolate. I live in Zurich since last year and I had the opportunity to taste many kinds. But what never fails in my kitchen is Frey with pistachio….
    I cross my fingers 🙂

  8. Yeye says:

    Ok, I have to admit that my favorite Swiss chocolate was at the Salon last year. Ragusa. I know it’s not the trendiest, nor the most raffiné, nor the lightest chocolate etc. But its texture and its praline taste is so so delicious!

    Thanks Kerrin for sharing a preview on the Salon. And how lucky you are to organize such event! You just have no idea !!!

  9. Olivier says:

    Thanks for your article and for the reminder about this nice event ! 🙂
    Favorite chocolate at the moment : Grand Cru (Sprüngli)

  10. Luigi says:

    Dear Kerrin,
    I love all kinds of chocolate *. *! But what I most prefer is Sprüngli with peanuts! I hope to visit the Salon this year!

  11. Selina says:

    Kerrin, you’re doing a fabulous job! I am really looking forward to this year’s Salon. Last year, I had some very lucky guests as they were in Zurich while it was on. They loved it as well and we were all happily chocolatified by the end of our Salon visit 🙂

    I have a couple of favourites and I have to wait until Jack from Laughing Lemon makes them, so they become extra special because it’s only a couple of times a year I get to savour them! My favourite are Earl Grey chocolates, they are so smooth and what can I say – to die for 🙂 My very close second favourite are Salty Caramel chocolates from Jack as well….mmmm… and now I go off into a chocolate daydream.

    Hope to see you there and best of luck!

  12. Wendy says:

    A well written and informative article! Seems that my agenda now has a firm date with the Salon du Chocolat!! I am just drooling at the thought of it all :-P!! As to my fave chocolate – it can only be the magnificent Tristan! A chocolate master 🙂

  13. Tanya says:

    Thanks for the reminder about this event. We loved it last year and can’t wait to go again this year. Can I pick truffle brioche from Sprüngli as my favorite chocolate? It combines my favorites: bread and chocolate! All my American visitors have been going ga-ga over Ragusa, which is also my boys’ favorite for apres-ski school. Have a great time at the event!

  14. Kamola says:

    Läderach is the best for me.

  15. Heddi says:

    We love chocolate, but have had to change how we consume it, since my 21-month old son is severely allergic to dairy, eggs and almonds (we’ve only recently started introducing hazelnuts and other nuts). I make allergy-friendly Swiss cocoa powder cakes and cookies at home, which are safe for the entire family, so that’s the best chocolate. However, when my husband and/or my oldest son and I get the chance, we enjoy wonderful Swiss-made pain au chocolat from our local bakery, Mäder, and handmade chocolates from our local chocolaterie, Walder, or a carac from Wodey-Suchard… Hard to pick one favorite! 🙂

    Thanks for all the great info on the Salon du Chocolat!

  16. Kimberly Krueger says:

    My favorite: Felchlin Grand Cru. Hard to get more specific than that!

  17. Sarah says:

    My favourite chocolate is Läderach’s Milk Chocolate Florentiner.
    Looking forward to the Messe 🙂

  18. chia says:

    As a student, I can’t afford too expensive chocolates, so I am grateful for Cailler’s creamy Frigor dark chocolate squares (eating a piece now as I type!!!). That said, the best chocolates I have tasted so far are Sprungli’s VIP Pralines (I should throw more dinner parties for the person who bought it for me!). I would really like to attend the Chocolate Salon – my birthday is the same weekend, and what could be better than spending the day trying the best chocolates in the world?

  19. Jenn says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I have been waiting for this event since last year (when unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend).

    For a lover of all things chocolate, choosing a favorite is difficult! My mind is drifting from the decadent Teuscher champagne truffles to the rich, coco powder dusted Grand Cru truffles from Spruengli. Decisions, decisions!

    Even though I lean more towards dark chocolate, I think I’ll go off the cuff here and deem Laederach’s milk chocolate covered cornflakes as my favorite…..for today! Sweet, creamy, milk chocolate with the gentle saltiness and super crunchy cornflakes are a match made in heaven (and now I’m salivating!). Good thing there’s a Laederach shop just downstairs!

  20. Birgit says:

    Hi Kerrin, great program and thanks for the info. Can’t wait to be there again this year. Currently my favourite Swiss chocolate is Läderach’s Whisky and Champagne Truffes. So yummy!

  21. Marlen says:

    I’d like to add to my previous comment. Coop just came out with a new product: “Ovomaltine Petit Beurre Chocolat”. Nostalgia again, Ovomaltine chocolate and Petit Beurre biscuits, 2 childhood favourites now combined in one bite, yum 🙂

  22. Lani says:

    I only wish that I could attend this year’s Salon du Chocolat! I do remember my first one in Paris many years ago with you. We went from table to table tasting everything! Now, you have put together this amazing event! So proud of you for a job well done! My favorite chocolate at the moment is that dark chocolate bar with pistachios/salt that you gave me in Zurich! Yum! Can’t wait to see photos and sample some goodies!!

  23. Tanya says:

    Gotta be Cailler 72% dark…..and I’m not sharing….. 😉

  24. Roland says:

    I would like to win 😀

    Teuscher champagne truffles

  25. Zsuzsa says:

    Honold margarita – it was one of the favourites last year, looking forward to try new combinations.

  26. Jeannette says:

    I have two favorite chocolates: champagne truffles from Teuscher (the best ever!) and the maracaibo chocolates from Beschle (sooo good!). Would love to win tickets!

  27. Tamara says:

    My favorite chocholates are the dark truffles form Teuscher.

  28. Dani says:

    I can not resist to anything white… White Truffels, white chocolates with nuts, anything… *mmmmm*

  29. justine says:

    I am a big fan of chocolate and really enjoy lindt dark one…

  30. Jonell Galloway says:

    No matter how many different chocolate shops I try, I always come back to Auer in Geneva. It’s very classic, with few surprises, but the quality is reliable.

  31. Mike says:


    It’s so difficult for a Swiss to choose! But I’ll go for any kind of “truffes à la liqueur”… from Blondel or Tristan 🙂

  32. Aurélie says:

    Hello Kerrin,

    after the visit I made with you last year in Geneva, I’ll definitely choose the Ganaches by Pascoët 🙂 Passionfruit… miam!

  33. Maria says:

    It has to be Criollo de Maracaibo from Sprüngli.

  34. Katrina says:


    Just found this website and I love it! The illustrations are beautiful, not to mention the subject matter! Going to start saving for a chocolate tour! I’m new in Zurich so haven’t had time to develop my knowledge of Swiss chocolate (yet!) but would have to say the Lindt Easter chocolate bunny because of the time of year!

  35. Vladimira Steiger says:

    Hallo Kerrin,

    my favorite is Fortunato No 4 from Confiserie von Rotz.
    I would love to see you at the Salon!


  36. Patricia says:


    My favorite chocolate for baking delicious derserts is the dark Venezuela from Barry Callebault! 😉


  37. Sarah says:

    Last year I got to know “Idilio” chocolate at the Salon du Chocolate. I love the ones with Cacaonibs. They opened my eyes for “chocolate & wine” and especially “chocolate & whiskey” combinations. And I just found out, that they plan to produce a milk chocolate as well – so I am looking forward to that.

    But otherwise I have to (shamefully?) admit, that I am a big fan of classic milk chocolate with hazelnut (the nuts have to be whole, not tiny-bit chunks).

  38. Carolyn says:

    My favorite chocolate is the caramel praline from Sprüngli.

  39. Kylie says:

    Wow Kerrin, the salon looks like its going to be amazing! I would love to go! 🙂 Looks amazingly well organised! My favourite chocolate…ahhh! but Sprungli truffles, dusted with cocoa powder are definetely at the top…as well Lindt orange 🙂
    Thanks for the temptation! 🙂

  40. Kerrin says:

    Thank you everyone for sharing your favorite Swiss chocolate ! So many delicious answers above. And now, drum roll please…

    But first, take a look at how the comment numbers were selected:

    And the winners are… (in the order those little papers were picked)
    7 Maria Luisa
    13 Tanya (mom : tots : zürich)
    11 Selina
    12 Wendy
    31 Mike
    37 Sarah (2nd Sarah on comment list)
    1 Aurelie
    26 Jeanette
    5 Juliana
    10 Luigi

    And the VIP ticket goes to… Heddi ! And her family that doesn’t let allergies get in the way of a passion for chocolate.

    Congratulations to all the winners !! Please email me asap at with a mailing address so I can send you your invitation right away. Thanks and see you all at the Salon du Chocolat !

  41. Eddine says:

    Mein Gott, dass sieht ja alles so toll aus, mein Kompliment !

  42. Rachel says:

    My favortie chocolate is the amazing ball Lindor milk of Lindt but in general the swiss chocolate!

  43. Shivangi says:

    Sounds so gooooooood !! (droooooooool)….are u giving away passes to the salon du chocolat in Paris as well ?! :-p

  44. Cristina Salvador says:

    Hi Kerrin,
    I´m a portuguese industrial designer and illustrator, who happens to write and draw about what I like the most: the moon, stars, flying, children and chocolate!

    I’ve a bit of a sweet tooth myself since I was very little and I’ve been following your blog for a long time. I lived in Milan and in Amsterdam, but there’s no place like my homeland to give me the kind of sweets I like, made for centuries in monasteries with just eggs and sugar.

    Congrats about your baby! I’ve a small girl and she´s mad about chocolate too. But no more sweets, just chocolate. She’ll grow up and see what she’s losing!

    Well, this event is one of my dream places to go to… first cause it’s in Switzerland (I only went to italian spoken Switzerland) and second cause it’s Chocolate!!! Maybe one day. This years edition has passed, but my favorite swiss chocolate is lindt gold bunny – I’m still in Easter mood!

    I’m a huge fan of Ladurée, too, and of certain belgian chocolates and of czech palacinkys, and of stroopwaffles, and nutella, and…………. 😀

    Thanks for the amazing photos that make our hearts pound 🙂 Cheers!

  45. Rosemary says:

    Oh oh oh that just looks SO amazingly delicious! And how come all those guys making all that chocolate are so THIN? Is it something in the water over there?

Leave a Reply

* Required (email address will not be published)