Sweet Scoop – Nougat in Zürich !
Dreams do come true… The Salon du Chocolat is taking place in Zürich in a few weeks. My Sweet Zürich tours celebrated their one year anniversary last month. And a nougat shop just opened in Zürich. Nougat !
If you recall my visit to the Slow Food Market back in November, the bulk of my time was spent at one stand in particular. La Boîte à Nougat, a stand overflowing with huge rounds of nougat, resembling wheels of cheese (but not smelling quite as strong). It was heaven. And when owner Res Jordi (below left) told me that he was planning on opening a shop in Zürich, you can just imagine my excitement.
Fast forward to Saturday morning, March 3rd when Res opened the door to his new shop on Löwenstrasse, not far from Zürich’s main train station. Of course I was there !
I spotted my favorite of his nougat flavors, mint chocolate (chock full of Valrhona dark chocolate), as well as a few others that were new to me: orange cinnamon, chocolate cranberry, papaya pineapple coconut and violet. They are all soft, chewy and not overly sweet, and made with lavender honey, even tomato olive (made with black olives and dried tomato) ! Res said it’s a perfect snack for an apéritif, to serve with a Ventoux quince liqueur, which he conveniently sells in the shop. There’s also anise flavor nougat, Res’ mother’s favorite (there she is below right), and yes, she taught Res everything he knows. But it’s her anise biscuits that are a big hit in the family, as well as her homemade apricot and raspberry jams. Let’s hope they too will be on the shelves one day…
As you can see, it’s not just nougat, even if that’s clearly the star. There are in fact other ways for us to satisfy our sweet tooth ! Like with chocolate ! And Mohrenköpf, what I like to call the Swiss version of Mallomars. There are chocolate covered nuts of all kinds, chocolate liqueur and spreads too.
This is also the only address in Switzerland where you’ll be able to taste chocolate from Le Comptoir de Mathilde in France. Her “P’tit Carrés” (small square 80g bars) and “Chocolat à Casser” (larger 400g bars literally to break) come in all sorts of flavors, the small dark bars with coffee or Earl Gray tea, and milk with fleur de sel or spéculoos. The best thing about the larger squares, is they come with their own wooden hammer ! I can just imagine, putting that on the table after dinner with friends – and all of us having such fun.
But one thing to keep in mind… Res wanted to make sure I let you know that those hammers are only for the chocolate, not for men who misbehave.
La Boîte à Nougat / Chesettas Mountain
* Res Jordi and his stellar nougat will be at Zürich’s Salon du Chocolat at the Messe in Oerlikon from March 30 to April 1st !