And so the love affair began when I saw the signboard below. This was purely by chance; no prior planning or research involved. It was fate that led me here, LOL.
“The Most Expensive Chocolates in Switzerland
Experience Chocolate for the First Time“
I entered with part excitement, part trepidation. After all, I’ve never even heard of this chocolate boutique before. And the most expensive chocolates in Switzerland? That’s quite scary, considering how expensive the country is already.
Elegant and refined, that’s the feeling I had upon stepping in. The small store is decked out in warm brown wood tones, with lots of oak fittings and more importantly, chocolates laid out tastefully.
I browsed, I asked, I tasted, and much deliberation later, I bought 2 boxes of exquisite edible gems handmade daily on the second level by the master himself — Fabian Rimann. And they are indeed expensive! I was $100 poorer when I left the store, haha.
These 6 Griottes Kirschen are mind-blowingly awesome! Pop a whole kirsch-soaked cherry enrobed in dark chocolate into the mouth and wow, the flavours of sweet brandy and red berry flavours just burst out~
And these darlings are unable to withstand cabin pressure in the air (they’ll explode!!) so there’s absolutely no way I can have these again without flying to Lucerne. Sad case =(
Miniature works of art are these assorted truffles.
Each one is unique and distinctive in its own right. I particularly love how smooth it melts down the throat and the taste lingers in the mouth long after the chocolate is gone!
My favourite is the Sencha green tea, followed closely by gianduja and raspberry jelly filling, Marc de Champagne, and the brilliant combination of caramel and mango~
I didn’t like all though. These’s a couple that I wouldn’t want to try again, namely the marzipan (never really like that stuff before) and eggnog, which has a weird medicinal taste haha.
Whatever it is, Max makes me happy. My only regret is not buying more!
To compete in the land of chocolate (big names include Nestle, Lindt and Toblerone) and be able to garner a dedicated following among Swiss chocophiles without much fanfare, Fabian Rimann must be doing something right! If you are going to Lucerne, grab a pen and note down this address: Schweizerhofquai 2. I promise you that it’s gonna be an awakening of the taste buds! =)