Pâtisserie, gâteaux, praline, chocolate: Vaudois people really have a sweet tooth! Although some require professional expertise, many recipes are made at home with everyone sharing in creating a delicious treat.
As the country of chocolate, Switzerland is a land of gourmets. With its countless recipes and irresistible specialties, the canton of Vaud leads the way in matters of sweet temptation. Some of these creations have been favourites for generations, while others, like the “bouchons Vaudois” (cork-shaped almond treats), are more recent inventions from the masters of all things sweet.
The excellent raw materials found in the canton of Vaud give a head start to the creativity of our craft pâtisserie chefs, confectioners and ice cream makers. In every large or small town, heavenly aromas waft from establishments welcoming large numbers of food lovers every day.
But the canton of Vaud has not always focused on sweet treats; less than a century ago, sugar was a rare and expensive commodity. At home, people used honey from their own bees instead, or else “raisinée”, a juice made from apples or pears that was cooked for hours, also known as “vin cuit”.