Part I: Fondue
Step 1: Go to Gruyères, Switzerland.
Step 2: Make a visit to Le Chalet de Gruyères.
Step 3: Order the Gruyère Fondue. Enjoy.
(N.B. this entire melting pot of cheesy goodness was only considered as one portion).
Step 5: Experience an AOC cheese-making experience.
Part II: Swiss Chocolate
Step 1: Go to Broc, Switzerland.
Step 2: Make a visit to Maison Cailler Chocolaterie. The recipe here is even more top secret than Coca-Cola, so don’t get your hopes up!
Step 3: Take a tour of the most interactive museum I’ve ever been to, and to reward yourself, stuff your face with 20+ kinds of Cailler chocolate in the tasting room. Once again, enjoy.
- Gruyère fondue: a melting, oozing pot of moitié-moitié (half-and-half, though it’s not necessarily 50/50) of Gruyère and Vacherin cheese, as well as white wine and garlic. To be had with cubes of bread, potatoes, pickles, and pearl onions.
- Cailler chocolate: my personal favourites include Cremant (64%) and Frigor Noir (50% with a creamy hazelnut and almond filling).