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Swiss chocolate

Switzerland may be a small country, but it sure packs a cocoa crunch. Switzerland is renowned for its high-quality chocolate bars
Switzerland may be a small country, but it sure packs a cocoa crunch. Switzerland is renowned for its high-quality chocolate bars. Although in history, it was only the 17th century was when chocolate processing began in this nation. The 19th and 20th centuries were when Switzerland really made a name for itself in the chocolate world due to its many famous chocolate brands such as Lindt and Sprungli, Toblerone, Camille Bloch, and Frey.

They say that all of the best recipes and inventions in the world all occur by accident. Indeed, chocolate lovers truly have many accidents to thank for. Do you like milk chocolate bars? You have Swiss-man Daniel Peter to thank for a truly wonderful accident in history. He had a problem removing water from the milk when making chocolate, but it tasted so good that he ended up forming the Nestle Corporation with Henri Nestle in order to sell milk chocolate the markets.

Do you like the smooth and mild texture of chocolate? Originally, chocolate recipes were rather unpopular due to its gritty texture. However, one day Rodolphe Lindt accidentally made a mistake by leaving a mixer running overnight and felt truly devastated, thinking about how much it would cost him, in terms of the electric bill and the machine's wear and tear. Fortunately before he threw the chocolate away, he discovered he had accidentally created a major breakthrough. To his amazement, the chocolate became smooth and tasted better than before! As a result, he invented a machine called a 'conche', which evenly distributes the cocoa butter within chocolate, like a polisher. This technique is what we have to thank for chocolate bars and drinks.

Amazingly, the scientific community is still mystified about how conching is done so if Rodolphe Lindt had not made the accident, we would still be eating gritty chocolate today. It is no wonder that Lindt is considered one of the best chocolate brands in history due to its deliciously smooth chocolate bars. Some of its best selling chocolate bars include Mint Intense, Orange Intense, White Coconut, Regular Dark Chocolate, and Lindor.

Sadly, all of the recipes by Lindt and other brands are under lock and key, so we will never know how the best chocolate bars in the world are made. But who cares, when you can just buy your favorite divine Swiss chocolate brands. It is truly amazing how some simple accidents like forgetting to turn the power off can really make a difference in creating something amazing. Well, as they say – the rest is history!

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