May 24, 2013

Family of Four ... will travel ... especially for Chocolate!

“Flowers wilt, jewelry tarnishes, and candles burn out...but chocolate doesn't hang around long enough to get old.”
Sr. Cocoa Loca

Next on our travel plan was a little village called Broc, home to the world-renounded Cailler chocolate factory. On our way back across the Röstigraben from Fribourg to Lugano I decided to surprise the kids with a fun activity. Tucked away in the green hills with cows grazing in the morning mist lay a big white buiding that talked straight to our hearts ... and to our stomachs.

We were not disappointed. We set off to discover the Chocolate path, an interactive audiovisual discovery trail that plunged us into the origins of chocolate and across its history.  We also followed the various phases of the Cailler chocolate production in an entertaining way. We stuck our hands into big bags of roasted cocoa beans and smelt wafts of fresh chocolate. The experience was sensitive, sensual and poetic all at the same time.

Did you know that Marie-Antoinette's (Queen of France) last wish before she was guillotined was to drink a cup of hot chocolate? THAT is a fact that stuck in Expat girls mind!

The best part however was the chocolate degustation at the end of the tour. My children have NEVER been told to eat as much chocolate as they like. Have you? It's an unforgettable experience.

Vintage chocolate bar molds

Roasted cocoa beans from around the world

Swiss milk fresh from the neighbouring farms 

"Branchli" machine

Switzerlands' most famous choclate branches

Every single minute of the day!!!

Here comes the fun part...

 ... caressing our taste buds with the fabulous flavours
of Cailler chocolates as much as we can devour.

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