In the culinary world, Switzerland especially shines through two of its products: cheese and chocolate. Unfortunately, they do not accommodate each other very well, so we will have to take one out to focus on the other. For today, my choice is chocolate.
In Switzerland, the history of chocolate dates back from the 16th century, at a time when cocoa was a good only accessible to the aristocracy. During this era, cocoa was consumed in hot drinks, with honey and spices. Chocolate in the form we know it today only arrived in 1679 in Switzerland, after the mayor of Zurich, Henri Escher, had the opportunity to drink a hot chocolate in Brussels, Belgium. However, it was only a hundred years ago that the inhabitants of the city were given the chance to buy their own chocolate, as the protestant city council forbid it on the grounds that the cocoa bean was working as an aphrodisiac.