Travel and Tourism

“Extremely satisfied”

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Photo: Seppo Kalliojärvi

This was a huge Chocolate speak and tasting which I organized for a group of 50 people in Geneva, Switzerland, Hotel Edelweiss. I made the chocolates for tasting partly myself and partly presented the best of Swiss chocolates.

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Suomenselän Sanomat, Finland, 3.6.2018

And this is the story of the trip which I also guided in Geneva, Lausanne, Montreux and Chamonix. A wonderful, interested, easygoing group. Simply a pleasure to share my knowledge on Switzerland.

In the article they write: “The travelers were extremely happy to get as our guide a journalist and chocolate master Ms Kirsi Hyytiäinen. Her explanations of local life shortened up all our bus trips to different destinations and made our trip very comfortable.”

Just take contact if you wish to organize a trip to Geneva for your group, association or enterprise. I’ll take care of all the organization and you’ll get to know all the secrecies of Swiss chocolate making!

 

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Spring flowers of Blond chocolate

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Honestly, I do not know why it took me so long to produce chocolates from the blond chocolate, invented by the Chef of the Valrhona Chocolate School Frédéric Bau. And I have even got my Chocolate Master from that school!

So after a long hesitation I bought some blond and white chocolate from the excellent small chocolate manufacture Villars in Switzerland, Fribourg. I combined the beautifully Edelweiss decorated chocolates and made new flowers, with cranberries, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

What an explosion of tastes! The blond is astonishing salty caramel, plenty of nut aromes. And the white of Villars brings the Madagascar vanille, cocoa butter and Swiss milk.

Can’t offer better for a giant group of tasters, coming to explore Geneva.

Chocolate walk in Geneva

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This is only one example of the Chocolate Walks I organize in Swiss cities like in Lausanne, and this one in Geneva.

I guide the tourists through the most interesting chocolatiers, explain their background and anecdotes. And of course show also the city if you wish so. And if we have time from tasting the latest creations of all these chocolate magicians.

During the last chocolate tour we saw among the other amazing places:

  • Sweetzerland Chocolats
  • St Peter’s Cathedral in the Old Town
  • Ladurée’s new boutique
  • Chocolaterie Du Rhone  and its’ talented master Jean-Pascal Sérignat

 

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Sweetzerland Chocolats
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View from St Peter’s Cathedral
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Ladurée’s new opening

 

 

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And of course at du Rhone chocolatier the dark chocolates from Jean-Pascal Sérignat

 

 

 

Challenge taken: engagement organization in the Swiss Alps

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I’ve always said that I like challenges. Well now I had the real one: organizing the pastries

for the engagement party in the Swiss Alps, at 2200 m, Cleuson, without any transport system, no running water, only the tiny, romantic chapel.

I loved it!

White Chocolate and Berry Muffins
White Chocolate and Berry Muffins