Chocolate Workshop at Honold’s Chocolate Atelier Küsnacht
The other day Honold held a chocolate workshop at their atelier in Küsnacht. Imagine the scene, the smell of warm chocolate wafting through the room, as Maitre Chocolatier Ivo Jud took us through the steps involved in making Honold’s celebrated chocolate confections .
Family Owned Company in Fourth Generation
First of all though, we were greeted by the owner, Cristina de Perregaux. Confiserie Honold is family owned and now in its fourth generation.
Confiserie Honold Has Six Stores in Zurich
Under the leadership of Cristina the firm has recently expanded, with the advent of stores in Stadelhofen, and Enge and now totalling of six wonderful locations where you can enjoy all this chocolatey goodness!
Honold’s Circular Chocolate Bars
We started off in “creative mode” decorating the chocolate discs which are one of the traditions of Honold – circular “bars” of chocolate. They come in square packaging – which also makes them ideal presents as they are so easy to transport.
We watched in awe as the truffles went under the “chocolate rain” until they were perfectly coated. They just looked so tempting!
However, the next step was to decorate them…
It was interesting to hear that the decorating is always carried out by the same person so that the overall look is the same. If different people were to decorate there wouldn’t be such a uniform look.
Next we had a demonstration on how some of the most popular alcoholic truffles are made – the Honold Trauben. It’s actually a natural chemical reaction which occurs – no filling by machine – all done by hand. Of course it’s time consuming – but this is one of the things about Honold Chocolate – it’s all done with passion and a human touch. 🙂
These are the finished versions of the famous “Honold Trauben”. Regina grapes mascerated in Cognac for a full 12 months – amazing!
Ivo then showed off his “chocolate writing” skills making it look incredibly easy. In fact this is a skill which requires lots of practice as we found to our peril when we had a go!
The decorated chocolate hearts are simply beautiful.
All Made By Hand
Cristina explained to us how the Easter bunnies are all made by hand using these very special moulds. Again this is a time consuming exercise and needs very skilled craftsmanship – as well as a lot of patience. The moulds come in a variety of shapes … for all manner of chocolate celebrations. However, un-moulding is quite a skill and if you do it incorrectly you damage the delicate chocolate.
Saving the best till last, we then had a fabulous time tasting the end products.
This is the Île Maurice Truffle – simply to die for! 🙂
Honold’s Apéro Savouries
To round off we enjoyed a wonderful Apéro featuring all of Honold’s savoury specialities. If you’ve never tried Honold’s party bread you really should. It tastes amazing and is perfect for parties!
All the products shown are available to purchase at Confiserie Honold in Zurich. They have stores at the following locations:
The main location is Rennweg 53 in the centre of Zurich, with locations in Küsnacht, Zürichberg, Herrliberg, Bahnhof Enge and Bahnohof Stadelhofen. You can see the full details of addresses etc by clicking here.
Behind The Scenes Open Day Saturday 27th October
If you would like to see behind the scenes at Confiserie in Küsnacht, they will be holding an Open Day on Saturday 27th October 2018. Don’t forget to reserve your space as only limited availability! To find out more about the Open Day see here.
Schoggi Tram 26th October – 4th November
You may also like to enjoy one of my favourite trams around Zurich – Honold’s Schoggi Tram! To find out all about it see and see photos take a look here.
To book you place on the tram click here.
With thanks to Confiserie Honold for a fabulous behind the scenes tour!
Photos by Carmen Sirboiu
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