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Chocolate factory visit?

Where is the best one to go in the near from Zurich? Thanks for the advice!
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Old 23.03.2015, 23:31
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Re: Chocolate fabric visit?

Like a visit, visit, to see the manufacturing process? Try small manufacturers.

For a sort of a "praline decorating" activity, great for kids, try Lindt. They offer these activities around Easter and Christmas. They also offer company events; but if it is the same as the one for families, it is quite puerile.

You can't see anything in their factory, but looking in, they have some ginormous vats in there. You would need a serious ladder to try to fall in one of them (should one fancy that), so I can't see why they stopped allowing the public a peek.
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Old 23.03.2015, 23:38
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Re: Chocolate fabric visit?

Try frey, their visitor center is very good.
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Re: Chocolate fabric visit?

small, but odorous and beautiful:

http://www.felchlin.com/en/company/factory-shop
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Re: Chocolate fabric visit?

I know this one is not close to Zurch but my family and some friends have beedn there and say it is great:
http://cailler.ch/en/maison-cailler/...us/directions/

It is in Bulle region, a bit far but the whole area is really beautiful (Gruyère!) so it is really worth a visit.
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Re: Chocolate fabric visit?

Gruyère - yes, but the chocolate factory in Broc is really cheesy. Full of corporate advertisement and no activities. Young kids only.
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Re: Chocolate fabric visit?

Oh ok I didn't know, all the people I know that have been there say it is great :-)
thanks for the tip though!
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Re: Chocolate fabric visit?

This small place with really excellent quality home-made chocolates is great- you can book a chocolate only visit and tasting, or a chocolate and wine tasting- each chocolate sample being served with a small glass of specially chosen local wine- with a great commentary.

Jacot Chocolatier SA

www.chocolat-jacot.ch

It is about 30 mins out of Neuchâtel- and great to combine with a visit to the famous Creux-du-Van hike and perhaps a visit to the Asphalt mines or the Maison de l'Absinthe (www.maison-absinthe.ch) Museum about absinthe, its history and the prohibition period and re-legalisation- for a long week-end.
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Re: Chocolate fabric visit?

Läderach in Bilten GL.

My OH gained two pounds just by watching their stuff.
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Re: Chocolate factory visit?

Great thank you for all the típs!😉
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Re: Chocolate factory visit?

!Soooo glad we got caught up in the terrible "Winter Holiday traffic" on our way to Broc for Maison Callier, if its really that cheesy?!!!
Traffic was soooo bad that we got as far as Bern before turning around, after a lovely lunh break in the beautifull city of course!
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Re: Chocolate factory visit?

There is one in Wallisellen, Halba chocolate (I think). Just around the corner from Zurich
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There is one in Wallisellen, Halba chocolate (I think). Just around the corner from Zurich
Halba is a factory shop. Low prices but the quality is not great. Only worth the trip if you buy chocolate by the kilogram.
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Re: Chocolate factory visit?

This website should tell you all you need to know. We went to the Frey one in Aargau. It's quite fun, lots of activities for the kids. It has a conveyor belt of chocolates and you can taste as much as you like!
The Ladrach one is good but not as interesting for children and not much chocolate to taste.
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Re: Chocolate factory visit?

Are they Open on Easter?
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Are they Open on Easter?
On the Sunday - I'd be surprised. Almost nowhere is open that day apart from restaurants and shops in train stations.

Ditto the Friday.

Saturday's a mixed bag... Läderach in Bilten is closed, Lindt in Kilchberg is open, didn't check the rest. Which factory are you interested in? I can check their website for you.
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Re: Chocolate factory visit?

Thanks i checked.
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Re: Chocolate factory visit?

The Callier factory visit wasn't that bad. I enjoyed it and the children loved it. However, it is short, about 30 minutes, and the only machine you see is for the little crunchy bars they make. It's self guided and you'll never see any real production. But I have found this to be true in every factory visit like this. Things just aren't like they used to be when you could get on the factory floor of a big operation; think Coors in the '70s. Thank the Lionel Hutz law-talking crowd and a generally stupid John Q. Public for that.

The chocolates samples are really tasty and there's nobody pushing you through so you can enjoy them at lesiure.

It was 20 CHF for the adults, I forget what the kids cost. Use the small roads to come or go and the trip is well worth it. For what it's worth I would go again.
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