One of the main highlights of my trip to Lausanne was experiencing a chocolate-making masterclass at Durig, one of the city’s best-loved chocolatiers, hosted by its founder himself, Dan Durig.  Our visit to the chocolatier kicked off with a brief look around the Durig shop, which is located in Ouchy.  There were delicious displays of cakes, chocolates, nougat and all manner of sweet things.

Next, we headed to the workshop where the magic happens, to meet Durig’s team of master chocolatiers and try our hand as crafting a chocolatey creation of our own.  The art of chocolate making is taken very seriously in Switzerland, which is largely why the country as a whole has gained a reputation for its world-class chocolate.  Many Swiss chocolatiers have to study for a degree-level qualification in order to become a fully qualified Chocolate Practitioner.

We were given the chance to make some chocolates of our own.  We filled chocolate moulds with molten chocolate and set them aside to set for about five minutes before we eagerly opened them up to reveal the stunning, glossy, chocolatey creation that were within.  We were pretty chuffed with how they turned out.

Next Dan showed us how to make some lovely heart truffles with a passion fruit filling.  They were utterly decadent and melt-in-the-mouth and were stunningly glossy when they were revealed from the moulds.  By this time, we were starting to see why hand-crafted artisan chocolates are so special.

The chocolate making masterclass was one of the best experiences that I had whilst in Lausanne and if you happen to visit, I highly recommend trying it yourself.  It’s real hands-on fun and what’s more, you get to eat your chocolate creation or bring it back for your loved ones – if you can refrain from eating it that is!  I would like to say a massive thank you to Dan Durig and his lovely team of chocolatiers for having us!

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