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Old 05.11.2006, 07:58
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Best chocolate boutique with a refreshingly unique and creative selection! (Zh)

Hi all,

Thought this might be interesting to some (or many) people on the forum.

Today I again visited a cool new store that recently opened (in Summer) in the Zurich Altstadt. It is a store that sells many products having to do with chocolate, and not just the kind you eat.

Some of the products I saw there are:
specialty and organic dark chocolate from france/italy/england
chocolate pasta
chocolate spread (like Nutella)
chocolate spoons (to use and melt in a hot or cold drink)
chocolate powder (for hot chocolate)
books and cookbooks about chocolate
chocolate scented candles
chocolate room spray
ceramics and glass items (for use with chocolate and cakes)
textiles
she also sells wine (although I don't think they are made out of chocolate - bummer)

The store is run by a very nice lady named Frau Capei who speaks, from what I can tell, English, German, Italian and French, and she will tell you about the products and also give you samples to taste. She told us that she personally knows many of the chocolatiers whose products she sells and they are mostly smaller factories so the selection she offers is not what you would find in other stores. The prices seemed reasonable to me, and not as expensive as I anticipated considering the store's location, similar to Jelmoli prices, but a thousand times better selection!

I ended up trying a bar of Rococo organic dark chocolate, from England, which I tasted really nice. The bar I bought is flavored with ginger, but there was also lavender, cardamom, rose, Arabic spices, chili and other interesting flavors. It definitely will be a great place to buy really neat gifts for people and I was growing tired Jelmolis choc selection.

She mentioned that it was a challenge to get Swiss customers to experiment with non-Swiss choc and as we were in the store a Swiss women walked in and asked why she is selling imported choc in Switzerland and quickly left. So I told her I would spread the word among the expat community. So if you do go, mention that you heard about it from the expat forum. I don't think she fully understood the concept but she was happy for me offering to spread the word about her wonderful shop - and it is a jewel.

PS She does sell Swiss chocolate too (ex.: Reichmuth von Reding), but also not the usual brands you find in other stores.

Truffe
Frau Elisabetta Capei
Schlüsselgasse 12
8001 Zurich
043/ 539 18 85
Tues-Fri 11.00 - 18.30
Sat 11.00 - 17.00
www.truffe-zurich.ch
capei@bluemail.ch
The street is a little hard to find but it is right near the St Peter church in the Altstadt, between Bahnhofstr. and the Limmat (NOT in the Niederdorf).

Enjoy!

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Old 05.11.2006, 11:42
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Re: Best chocolate boutique with a refreshingly unique and creative selection! (Zh)

Thanks for sharing that. I always like to hear of businesses that do something unusual and offer hard to find products. It's sad to hear that some of her domestic customers feel as if they need to punish her for selling imported chocolates, but I'm sure some of the chocoholics on this forum might go and check out her products
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Old 05.11.2006, 15:16
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Re: Best chocolate boutique with a refreshingly unique and creative selection! (Zh)

Thanks for the info Princess! I will certainly have to check it out... I love chocolate with chilli
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Re: Best chocolate boutique with a refreshingly unique and creative selection! (Zh)

Threads like these should be banned or have a "not for chocoholic" warning attached to it Sounds like they have cool stuff. I can already feel chocolate melting in my mouth Argh the torture!
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Re: Best chocolate boutique with a refreshingly unique and creative selection! (Zh)

I was at the shop again today (I had to buy a gift for someone, and ok, I admit it, stock up on some more chocolate for myself) and she showed me that she now has in her selection, for sale, some fabulous antique chocolate tins, real antiques. They were amazing to look at. She also has non-antique ones that are made to look like the antique ones. It is always a nice surprise to go there as she is always adding to her selection, everything that has to do with chocolate, and now, of course, all the Christmas stuff is arriving too. This is really one of the nicest and most delightful shops I have been in in a long time.


PS Please remember to let her know that you heard about her shop from the expat internet forum.
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Re: Best chocolate boutique with a refreshingly unique and creative selection! (Zh)

Nice to have a such a detailed glowing recommendation. Just for the record, can you confirm that your not affiliated with this business in any way ? Thanks
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Thought this might be interesting to some (or many) people on the forum.

Today I again visited a cool new store that recently opened (in Summer) in the Zurich Altstadt. It is a store that sells many products having to do with chocolate, and not just the kind you eat.
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No, I have nothing to do with the shop except be a customer. I am just your average mild mannered chocolate obsessed female - but I prefer to think I make an art of it Ask anyone who knows me what the first thing they associate me with is and they'll say chocolate ... well, maybe not the first thing but very close up there! Some people collect coins, others go bird watching, many enjoy fine wines, I like discovering and enjoying new chocolate. ... perhaps I should start my own chocolate blog ...
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Re: Best chocolate boutique with a refreshingly unique and creative selection! (Zh)

I finally got round to checking out this shop this morning. If you are a lover of quality chocolate then it is really worth a visit.
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Wow! This place sounds amazing! Anyone know any similar places Around the Romande part of Switzerland?
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Oo oo oo. I forgot to ask.. do they sell onion chocolate there?
I have been told about the wonders of onion chocolate, which is produced in different parts of France. Apprently it's an old tradition... I haven't actually tasted any but I would be really curious!
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Re: Best chocolate boutique with a refreshingly unique and creative selection! (Zh)

I stopped by the chocolate shop last week to have an amazingly great (and thick!) hot chocolate and thought I'd update the forum on some happenings there:

She is offering a chocolate event -an hour of chocolate history (with or without an accompanying wine) and degustation (tasting) for 4- 10 people. She really knows chocolate and it is very interesting to listen to her. For more details or to plan an event just call Elisabetta Capei.

She has a little cozy cafe section in the back and you can plan a breakfast or snack event there with espresso and I already mentioned the amazing, thick hot chocolate as well as other things (discuss with her).

She'll still be serving the magical hot chocolate as long as the weather is cold.

Truffe
Frau Elisabetta Capei
Schlüsselgasse 12
8001 Zurich
043/ 539 18 85

www.truffe-zurich.ch
capei@bluemail.ch

Tues. - Fri. 11:00-18:30
Sat. 11:00-17:00
The street is a little hard to find but it is right near the St Peter church in the Altstadt, between Bahnhofstr. and the Limmat (NOT in the Niederdorf).

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...and Sorbetto (wonderul ice cream and sorbet) now that the weather is hot ...
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Re: Best chocolate boutique with a refreshingly unique and creative selection! (Zh)

Agree with you. went there yesterday. very nice, cute little shop. stock up for myself and got an assorted gift.....yummm enjoying them:-))
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Well, I took my own advice .... I arranged a get-together at the store - chocolate tasting and wine. It was lovely and exceeded all my expectations - and everyone who attended was thrilled and had a wonderful time. Frau Capei will talk to you and tell you what the possibilities are that you can choose from.
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Well, I took my own advice .... I arranged a get-together at the store - chocolate tasting and wine. It was lovely and exceeded all my expectations - and everyone who attended was thrilled and had a wonderful time. Frau Capei will talk to you and tell you what the possibilities are that you can choose from.
I think this week i will get the 1 hour degustation event. Lets see.
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