Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Swiss Always Take Perfection One Step Higher.

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. - Charles M. Schulz
Wisdom Indeed
Valentine paraphernalia hit the shelves when Christmas candy left.  It was magical to see red and green one day, then red and pink the next.  Plus there was just a hint of St. Patrick's day and some Cadbury's Easter eggs, hiding in two shelves. Oh, well.

We've been married for forty-five (that's 45) years, and the spark is still there.  Not the same as when we were young and lusty, but ours is still a deep love.

Chocolate is a winner, always has been and will always be. Maybe it is just me, but there you go.

Swizterland is by far the best chocolate in the whole wide world.  Maybe it is just me.... My daughter Mary escorted us to Chailler's Factory, one of the founders of the Swiss industry.

Take! Taste!  For free!  As many as you want!!! Seriously!









La chocolaterie-suisse

The history of how cocoa powder morphed into amazing editible heaven happened here in Switzerland.

Francois Louis Callier 1819
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To think that what we know as cocoa all started here long before Spain claimed the Aztec world.

If you are giving chocolate to your beloved, go for the gusto and buy really goood chocolate. You both will appreciate the quality and taste.  

***While we waited for our self-guided tour, we drank hot chocolate in the cafe.  It was so thick that we could almost use a spoon.  And it was so awesome that I consumed it quickly.  Five minutes later, my head exploded in a brain-busting migraine.  After throwing up, I huddled in a dark place.  Fortunately, I had emergency vicodin/narcotic, took some, and was back to my chipper self in minutes. 
Note to self: take it easy on amount eaten, especially the dark chocolate. 

24 comments:

  1. That's some powerful hot chocolate. Cool you got a tour and free samples.
    My wife's not big on chocolate, but maybe she'd like the good stuff better.

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    1. Try a little. Lindt is mild compared to Callier's, but still great. Callier's uses cocoa butter, making it richer.

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  2. Strong stuff. I've been staing away from candy and sweet treats for over two years now and definitely am feeling better for it but chocolate....oh how I miss chocolate.

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  3. Mmmm, chocolate... Sorry it gave you a migraine. I had no idea chocolate could be that powerful.

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    1. Dark chocolate, hard cheese, products with MSG, wine, and other stuff are triggers for migraines. I stepped over the line, paid the price.

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  4. That is sure a lot of chocolate. Migraines sure suck though, good you were able to give it the heave ho.

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    1. I didn't taste these all, but if it had been 25 years earlier, well, I would have held my own.

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  5. I don't know if it still happens or even if it really did at all, but according to many books I've read, that thick hot chocolate was breakfast in Switzerland and France for many people for many years, with a croissant in France and something in Switzerland.

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    1. In Switzerland it is some sort of muesli. That hot chocolate must be loaded with caffeine.

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  6. so sorry that chocolate of all things made you sick. my doctor husband has a patient who visits his daughter in Switzerland every 6 months. twice he's brought back Swiss truffles made with Brazilian chocolate. there are only a few in a box and we're careful to make them last. best chocolate i've ever eaten in my life.

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    1. So have tasted the gold!! My daughter from Switzerland was here from christmas, bringing bars of chocolate. I ate too many squares one night, experienced the brain-buster. After that, I was careful to eat just one square.

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  7. I never would have thought of chocolate being able to make someone sick like that. Glad you had medication with you and were still able to enjoy the tour.

    I don't like chocolate. I know that's weird, but I just don't care for any chocolate except white chocolate. We toured a chocolate factory while we were in Florida. I thought the process was really interesting, but didn't want my samples. Hubby was more than happy to take them, though. :-)

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    1. Maybe it is good that you don't like chocolate, as you won't indulge like many do.

      We visited Hershey's factory in Oakland, CA. The area around the factory was chocolate air. It was awesome. The process of wrapping was amazing. those Hershey Kisses always puzzled me.

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  8. Dark chocolate has never bothered me. But we only eat a small piece each evening for an after-dinner treat.

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  9. Oh the temptation for chocolate is always there with drinks, candy bars, cakes, muffins, sweets and the flavor lingers on. Chocolate is a real teaser.

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  10. Oh dear, you were having such a wonderful experience. So sorry about the migraine.

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    1. Ah, such is my life. I used to tell God how much I hated having migraines. then I looked at this a different way. Now I thank God for this challenge, because He has given me so many other ways to live this life. Writing is one.

      Thanks for your comment. Chocolate is still a luxury, just not so much of it.

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  11. We tend to have a lot of chocolate at our house... for strictly professional reasons...

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  12. I LOVE both chocolate and my husband of 50 years! A little good quality dark chocolate is supposed to be good for you but the discipline is in eating just a little. Your trip round the factory would have tested my temptation to over-eat sorely. I'm so glad you managed to beat the migraine.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!