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5 Must try Swiss sweets and sweets while traveling in Switzerland 2023

 There are a lot of things to do in Switzerland. You can go alpine skiing, kayaking in lakes, enjoy epic mountain scenery and much more. But for true foodies, there is one convenient way to experience a new country - by tasting the best traditional dishes. In Switzerland, this should include delicious Swiss desserts available throughout the country!

Lucky for you (not lucky if you are on a diet), Switzerland is well known for all the sweet things and chocolate. So, without further ado, here is a list of the five Swiss sweets you should try while traveling in Switzerland!

5 Must try Swiss sweets and sweets while traveling in Switzerland 2023

1. Nusstorte

The Nusstorte (also known as Bündner Nusstorte) is associated with the canton of Graubünden, which covers much of eastern Switzerland. You may even know that it is the most famous city - Davos?

Although the climate of the region does not actually support the growth of walnut trees, the recipe for the modern version of Nusstorte was created in Engadine, the southern part of Graubunden.

There are actually several different theories about how to create this dish, but the most interesting is that a French chef moved to the area, was able to bring walnut trees with him and plant them in his garden. How he managed to travel to Switzerland with the trees in his bag is a mystery in itself!

The "modern version" already dates back to the twenties of the twentieth century. The original nineteenth-century Nusstorte recipe had nuts mixed into the dough, but there was no filling in the pastry. On the other hand, the modern recipe has a creamy filling and walnuts that are very rich in flavor.
Usually made by independent local bakers in Engadin, this dessert is one of the most popular Swiss desserts. And since there are so many different bakeries selling Nusstorte, you'll find plenty of different versions from all over the area. Some confectioners add honey to the filling, while others replace milk with heavy cream - there are no drastic differences.

Bakers export this to other regions of Switzerland, so you should be able to find Nusstorte anywhere in the country. Even if Graubünden is not on your itinerary.

2. Zugair Kirchturty

Back in the early 1900s, pastry chef Heinrich Hoon invented a delicious dessert in Husband City. Zuger Kirschtorte - a cake made from meringue walnuts (almonds and hazelnuts), sponge cake, butter and fruit brandy.

Although this Swiss dessert is called cherry cake (which is the direct translation), it does not actually contain raw cherries. Flavor is obtained by adding kirschwasser - fruit brandy made mainly from Murillo cherry. And, of course, you can taste the alcohol in the cake, as well as a little cherry, if you have good taste. It's not very powerful, but you have to wait a bit before you get behind the wheel after eating this cake. A breathing analyzer doesn't know the difference between cake and pure brandy, so be careful if you're overeating.
If you want to try the original recipe, go to the Treichler pastry shop in Zug. Heinrich Hon already worked with Jack Tricler in the twentieth century, and eventually his small bakery sold him. Today, this confectionery shop is world-famous, mostly because they still make Kirschtorte according to Höhn's original recipe, which took him years to complete.

You can find different forms of Kirschtorte throughout the country. In Zurich, the best alternative is Honold-Kirschturti - not quite the original recipe, but very close. But if you really want to experience the real deal, be sure to include Zug in your itinerary in Switzerland.

3. Meringue

There is Italian meringue, French meringue, and then there is Swiss meringue. So what exactly is the difference, and why should you try the Swiss, if you have already tasted others?

One of the differences is the preparation - Swiss meringue is prepared by whipping egg whites and sugar on a pot of boiling water until the sugar is completely dissolved, which does not happen with the French and Italian varieties. That's why Swiss meringues are different in texture from others too – it's softer and silkier than any other meringue.

Swiss meringue arises appropriately from Meiringen - a small town near the Interlaken region, somewhere you might visit. This city swears that they were the first to make meringues, although the French claim that they wrote about it first. But, although there is no concrete evidence that Meringen is the source of all things meringue, that doesn't stop them from boasting about this and the local waterfalls where Sherlock Holmes died!.
Therefore, this is where you should go, if you want to try the most authentic version of this dessert. More specifically, go to the Tea Room Fructal downtown, near the Sherlock Holmes Museum. This cozy café already set a world record in 1985 by creating the largest meringue in the world, which weighs 62 kilograms and is 2.4 meters long!

There you can try a lot any kind of meringue you like - vanilla meringue, chocolate meringue, billy coffee meringue and many other versions. You can also get the Sherlock Holmes Meringue not small, and they also have options suitable for diabetics!

4. Chocolate

Chocolate pieces. Truffles. Almond candy. Chocolate fondue. Craft chocolate fountains. None of these are new to you – you've probably tried everything on that list at least once now. But have you ever tried it in a country world famous for Swiss chocolate?

Chocolate is one of the four things that Switzerland is widely known for (watches, cheese and alps are the other three). Brands such as Lindt, Godiva, Läderach, Toblerone and Nestle are universally popular. So why not go to the source of all this?

One of the best ways to experience chocolate life properly in Switzerland is to try to be one for a day. Throughout the country you can find many chocolate tours. Some include taking you on a tour of a chocolate factory, while others ask you to get your hands dirty and make chocolate yourself. And whatever you make, you can keep it and take it home - perfect little gifts for your loved ones at home!

But there is something in common between them all - you can taste delicious chocolate prepared by some of the best chocolatiers in the world. And also try your hand at making these delicious desserts.
If you don't really like participating in these activities, don't worry – there are also plenty of tours that don't require you to do anything, except just taste the chocolate. You just need to increase your appetite - after two or three sweeteners, you may begin to feel full. Therefore, it is better to eat an empty stomach before eating this dessert in Switzerland.

5. Birnbrot

If you have a taste for sweets with dried fruits, you will like this dessert. Birnbrot is just one of the names for this delicious dessert, which translates directly into - pear bread. This is because dried pears are the distinctive ingredient of this dish, but more often it also includes other dried fruits such as figs or apples. Walnuts and raisins are usually an important ingredient in these pastries as well.

The preparation and the exact name of this Swiss dessert depend on the region in which it is located. In the city of Graubünden it is called the Bündener Birnbrot, and the preparation process involves soaking dried pears overnight in rose water or liquor.

Birnbrot is a popular version in Ostschweiz, near the Alps. What distinguishes this type of dessert is that the filling is prepared first, and it is mixed with part of the dough. The filling is then formed in the form of a log, while the rest of the dough is spread as thinly as possible. Thin dough rolls around the container, giving it a thin, crispy crust.
The main difference in the preparation is that with this version, the dough is not mixed with the filling. Instead, the dough is rolled thinly, and the filling is spread over it. The dough is then rolled into jelly rolls (or rolade), and the finished product is softer and more moist than Birnbrot.

Both versions are delicious, so it comes down to the texture you prefer. If it's crispy and chewy, try finding some Birnbrot. But if you prefer moist sweets that melt in your mouth, Birnweggen is what you should try.

Which dessert should you try?

Ultimately, when it comes to sweets, it really depends on what is available and what you prefer. I can't tell you which one is better, but wholeheartedly suggests that you try them all.