Gstaad sweets: seductive
Gstaad has a sweet tooth. The village confectioners offer an inspiring range of sweet temptations, from the celebrated "Saanen Gibeni" (chocolates filled with hazelnuts and hazelnut cream) to the "Gletschertüüfeleni" (chocolates filled with walnuts, almonds and chocolate cream) and to the Premium Ice Cream made from the finest Saanen cows' milk: too good to resist!
Vaud sausages: heavenly
Several famous and much-loved sausages originated in the Lake Geneva Region. The best known is the saucisson vaudois, but no less popular is the saucisse aux choux, made with cabbage. The boutefas meanwhile, which can weigh as much as a whopping 2 kilograms, is a monument to the sausage-maker's art.
Züpfe: Sunday special
Bern's traditional Sunday bread is Züpfe, an ornate plaited loaf that has its origins in traditional farmers' cuisine. It is made of bread dough with added butter and milk: exactly how much has been a matter of dispute among bakers since time immemorial. One thing is essential, however: a coating of egg yolk, to give the loaf its characteristic golden colour. As well as forming part of a substantial brunch on Sundays, the Bernese Züpfe is traditionally enjoyed as part of the New Year's Day celebrations.
La raisinée: alchemy in a cauldron
Raisinée – also known as vin cuit – is age-old culinary alchemy. For night after night in autumn, pear or apple juice is boiled down in large cauldrons over an open wood fire. The thickened juice was once a sugar substitute; now it is served with vanilla ice cream, meringues and crêpes, and forms the filling for exquisite cakes, such as the famous gâteau raisinée.