Culinary highlights – Bern's emblem, the bear, also features in the city's cuisine. For decades, the Bernese have enjoyed Mandelbärli ("almond teddy bears") made from almonds, sugar, butter and egg white, from the confectioner Beck Glatz. They were inspired by the bear dance portrayed on the bell, cast in 1596, of the Holy Spirit Church. Flavours include chocolate, honey and lemon, as well as the classic vanilla.
Culinary highlights – Ämmitaler Ruschtig ("Emmentaler Rustic") is the name of a quality label awarded to the finest foodstuffs from the Emmental. The region may be best known for the cheese with the characteristic holes, but the label is also given to outstanding meat, vegetables, berries, bread and other products. From old favourites to rediscovered delicacies, all are lovingly made with the best ingredients.