We are leaving in two weeks for Amsterdam, Munich and then picking up the Alpine MY WAY RIck Steve's Tour in Salzburg (going into Germany, Italy, France..). Please let us know where is the best place to buy chocolate as gifts to take home. Thanks
What airport are you flying out of? Because I don’t like carrying heavy, temperature sensitive chocolate around while traveling I eat the good stuff when we find it and buy chocolate for gifts at the airport before we fly home, country dependent.
In Salzburg, you want to buy Mozart Kugel (Mozart balls) from FÜRST Confectionery.
Our last stop is Annecy before flying out of Geneva to San Francisco. Making sure the chocolate is in good condition after the challenges of travel is a great point I had not thought of. I was just hoping to get something special to bring back for family/ friends. Thanks
Mozart Kugel (Mozart balls) from FÜRST Confectionery sound wonderful. Thanks
Geneva is a good place to get Swiss chocolate
If you Google the Geneva airport, you may find info on specific brands of chocolate available there, though I suspect prices might be lower in the city. I'm not sure about that; I've never been in a Swiss airport.
For chocolate bars to munch on (like Lindt), a supermarket is your best bet. You probably won't find the very best filled chocolates in a supermarket, though.
It’s amazing to me what you can find in the local grocery stores. In Switzerland they have chocolate specialty shops that look like American jewelry stores, beautiful showcases, all ready to sell you whatever you want. They are pricey! I have found really good quality chocolate in the grocery stores at great prices......very affordable and even their grocery store brands top our specialty brands here in the states. Take a grocery store walk through-you might be surprised at the great things you will find there!
As a general guideline, top-quality artisan choolates in my hometown cost at least $50/lb. I've paid similar prices in western Eutope (€100+ per kg.), or a bit more. I assume Swiss prices are higher. Anything selling for less than that is not the best quality.
Thank you all for your quick responses and helpful tips. Best wishes to all!
I've never paid anywhere near €100/kg.
My favourite fresh cream praline shop is a small Ghent family operation, chocolate made in the shop (downstairs below a glass floor) and I've never paid more than about €16 or €20 for 500g.
I guess to pay €100/kg it must be a niche name or something?
The DC product is small-production and labor-intensive. But I just checked Neuhaus, which is one of my favorites (Belgian rather than Swiss), and it's in the same price range. Alas, I can tell the difference, though one could certainly argue that the difference between €50/kg. chocolates and €100/kg. chocolates is not all that great and does not, in fact, justify paying that much extra. I just buy four pieces for myself when I pick up hostess gifts at Christmas.
I don't drink wine, but I imagine this is like deciding between the nice $18 bottle and the killer $50 bottle.