With four retail locations in the Zürich area, Merkur is the underdog among Zürich chocolatiers. Originally founded in Bern in 1905, Merkur quickly expanded to more locations as well as various types of products from chocolates to coffee and finally supermarkets and Kiosk stations. Bought by Läderach AG in 2004, the stores have remained Merkur, but the chocolate sold in them is now labeled Läderach.
This company is best known for offering an wide array of unusual chocolates such as Chili Pepper Chocolate and Sushi Chocolates. By the way, the Sushi Chocolates look like sushi, but actually use Pistachio Truffle Cream, Apricot Preserves and so on. I'm not certain that even the wild flavorings of Merkur would include raw fish!
Sprüngli is the oldest and most established of the large Zürich chocolatiers with 16 retail locations within the Zürich area. The groundwork for the company was laid in 1729 when David Sprüngli purchased a confiserie shop on Marktgasse in Zürich. Chocolate production began in 1845, soon after the process for making solid chocolate was first developed. In 1859 Sprüngli opened its flagship store on Paradeplatz and it soon became a popular place to "see and be seen."
Sprüngli is known not only for its fine chocolates, but also for the Luxemburgerli, which premiered in 1957. Small pastry and creme-filled delights shaped to look like mini-hamburgers, Luxemburgerlis come in several flavors including caramel, raspberry and, of course, chocolate.
Although there are only 4 retail locations in Zürich, of the three chocolatiers Teuscher has the most retail locations world-wide and is available throughout Europe, the United States, Asia and even in Dubai. It is also the youngest of the three, originally founded by Dolf Teuscher in the 1930's in a small Alpine Village. (Unfortunately I was unable to determine which small Alpine village it was! The Teuscher website had very little corporate history posted.)
Teuscher is most famous for the champagne truffles introduced in the 1940's. Many have tried to copy the taste, but true Teuscher fans say that no one has succeeded.
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