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Chocolate gift for Christmas

Yes,

I´m going to give the most original gift from Switzerland!

I want to buy some chocolates for my friends/family in this Christmas and i want to know which ones you think are the best.

Toblerones, Lindls and commercial ones not allowed

Also, the limit is 30 francs a box

Give me names!
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Re: Chocolate gift for Christmas

I have just sent a package of Läderach home for Christmas. They had cool Christmas designs, so thought that was quite appropriate.

They have a good selection of different types of boxes of chocolates, and all are very delicious
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Re: Chocolate gift for Christmas

Two suggestions:

1. Go to any supermarket and pick a selection of bars that you see. Even the average ones are usually very good. Just pick out the ones with nice looking wrappers and maybe even some (migros/Coop) type since about 2 years ago the chinese were buying these in force as tourists and they are surprisingly good. My daughter used this approach once on a trip to china and everyone loved what she provided

2. Go to a local chocalate factory shop they usually have a host of sales on offer and the quality is excellent. We often go to the shop in Wallisellen (Zurich) and have taken countless visitors there who now even demand we bring such chocolate with us when we visit them. You can usually find lots of bags that are in plan plastic and the pricing is excellent
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Re: Chocolate gift for Christmas

Mercur (at Bahnhofstrasse Zurich) has really good Chocolate. It's a bit expensive but sooo worth it!
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Re: Chocolate gift for Christmas

Go to a chocolaterie and look for pâtes. Very authentic Swiss (at least for Suisse Romande).

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Re: Chocolate gift for Christmas

I love Merkur too, also if you have a 'Himmel' cafe/Konditorei near you, they sell lovely choccies.
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Re: Chocolate gift for Christmas

Ok, I know of just one Chocolate Factory -the Lindt in Kilchberg, but it is really far from us in N Zürich... please give us the name of the one in Wallisellen!!
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Re: Chocolate gift for Christmas

Wallisellen Chocolats Halba

The are not far from the bahnhof if you arrive by transport

http://www.chocolatshalba.ch/cms/index.php?id=40
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Re: Chocolate gift for Christmas

Be careful when mailing chocolates. I was "Switzerlanded" two days ago at the post office. I had a package going to the US which contained:

1 bottle of Swiss Vodka (made with glacier water, bien sur)
1 box of chocolates from Geneve
1 monogrammed Swiss Army knife
1 Sacher torte from Vienne

Total weight, 3.3 kg, cost to mail to US (economy, not priority) 58 CHF.

20 minutes after leaving post office and filling out 2 pages of forms, the post office calls me and tells me that there is "a little problem" with my package and that I need to return to the post office.

Of course, I was thinking that the "problem" was going to be either with the vodka or the knife and that the US had a "problem" with accepting one of these two things.

No, sir. The "problem" was with the little box (400g) of Swiss chocolates. It had to be sent separately from the other items. My French is pretty good and I still to this moment do not really understand what the reason was for this insane rule, but, nonetheless, the woman at the poste opened my package with scissors ON THE SPOT, dug out the box of chocolates, re-packed and re-closed the box and sent it on its' merry way.

I repacked the chocolates all by themselves and sent them in a separate box the next day. The cost of the chocolates? 30 CHF. The cost of the shipping of just the chocolates? 35 CHF. My sister in the US had better enjoy the heck out of those bleepin' chocolates!
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