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Toblerone | © Mary Eklind/ Flickr
Toblerone | © Mary Eklind/ Flickr

7 Swiss Snacks You Need to Bring Back Home With You

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Updated: 15 November 2017

The Swiss aren’t all that big on snacks. You certainly won’t find anything on the notoriety scale of beef jerky, or anything as grotesquely tempting as a deep-fried mars bar, but these are some Swiss snacks that you’ll want to take home with you.

Toblerone

Of course. It goes without saying that any visitor to the Helvetic nation must leave with a bar of the famously ridged chocolate. It’s basically an unwritten law.

Le Parfait

Head into any Swiss supermarket and you’ll be confronted with tubes of Le Parfait, a kind of meat pate which the Swiss will tell you can, and should, be mixed with anything. It looks dodgy as hell, but once you’ve squeezed some of it onto a ration of bread you’ll be packing it in your suitcase for sure, at least to freak out your friends back home.

Bündnerfleisch

This Alpine aired meat is a bit of a steeply-priced delicacy, but you’ll want to smuggle some in your suitcase if you can. It’s beef that’s been left to dry in the fresh air of the Alps for around 10 to 15 weeks, giving it a flavour that’s as unique as it is expensive.

Zopf Bread

This is not exactly suitcase-friendly, but Zopf bread, basically dough that’s been braided, is all the rage in the German-speaking cantons. It tastes airy and sufficiently bread-like to warrant taking some of this home as a quirky culinary treat.

Scharf

OK, this isn’t a snack but it will change your life. Scharf comes in a suspiciously darkened bottle, emblazoned with bright yellow labelling (giving it a bit of a I-shouldn’t-be-consuming-this feel). It’s basically a semi-spicy flavouring that you’ll quickly find goes with almost anything. Try it.

Aromat

Ask any Swiss abroad what they miss about home and they’ll probably say aromat, it’s as close to a national addiction as you can get. This salt-like powder basically makes your food taste better and you’ll find it in restaurants everywhere.

Läckerli

Basler Läckerli is a traditional hard biscuit from Basel. It’s made up from different nuts, honey and a fruit liquor. Its history goes way back over 700 years and it’s grown into something of national treasure.

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