Teuscher Chocolates, based in Zurich, Switzerland, was named best chocolatier in the world by National Geographic Traveler magazine. Teuscher is a family-owned boutique chocolatier with three shops in Zurich, one in Geneva, and other outposts around the world, including Tokyo, Singapore, Kualu Lumpur, and several locations in the United States. The first teuscher shop to open outside of Switzerland was opened in 1976 at Rockefeller Center in New York, but teuscher has since added locations in Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Beverly Hills, and Austin, Texas.
Teuscher’s signature item is the Champagne Truffle. Dolf Teuscher, Sr. invented the champagne truffle soon after opening the original teuscher shop (teuscher the brand is never capitalized). The Champagne Truffle consists of a rich dark chocolate ganache, with a Dom Perignon Champagne cream center, and a shell of milk chocolate and a dusting of powdered sugar. The company now also makes a dark version of the Champagne Truffle, which contains the same dark ganache and champagne cream, but which has a shell of dark chocolate and a dusting of cocoa powder. The Champagne Truffle was featured as Oprah Winfrey’s favorite chocolate in one of her annual “My Favorite Things” episodes.
The teuscher flagship store is located on Bahnhofstrasse in downtown Zurich, just a few short blocks from Zurich’s main train station. The original location is just a few blocks away on Storchengasse, in a 12th Century building that still houses the offices of the company, and which housed the Teuscher family until a few years ago. The stores all have one thing in common—a riotous display of colorful and whimsical character boxes, which are boxes made to look like little animals and people that open up to hold chocolates inside. The stores also offer colorful floral boxes in many seasonal colors and styles. Perhaps the best time to visit a teuscher shop is at Christmas, when the decorations are really over the top! Most shops feature a 3 foot tall chocolate Santa Claus as the main focus of their charming window displays.
In addition to the Champagne Truffles, teuscher offers many different types of pralines, marzipans, and giandujas. Some of the shops have an attached café, and if you can find one with a café, you should definitely try one of their ultra rich hot chocolates!