One of the first things we did in the train station in Zurich before heading south was find the nearest Sprüngli. Fortunately we were only steps away. We purchased a small assortment of dark chocolates for our snack on the train.
Thus began our new tradition of Train Chocolate.
Before each new trip we stocked up on some local chocolates. We had no problem with portion control as we savoured every tiny bite. Sometimes train chocolate (or gelato) became our lunch. It’s a good lunch. (At the intersection of chocolate and gelato we quickly decided that while we had two scoops of gelato in every cup. The first was always fondente and the second could be whatever we favoured at the moment. Fondente gelato is a smooth dark chocolate with magical happiness properties.)
Outside of Switzerland, Torino has an exceptional chocolate tradition as well. Torinese gianduja set the stage for everyone’s beloved Nutella. However if you’ve ever partaken of some fresh, locally-made gianduja, you might find Nutella unsatisfying in the future. Guido Gobino was one such shop, nestled in downtown Turin but capable of taking you to the peaks of chocolate love.
Perhaps you don’t have a train trip through the alps. Perhaps instead you’ve just been travelling for hours. You need fortification. Chocolate is not exclusive to trains. Even if you only have a layover in Zurich you can still partake. In Zurich they maintain shops in the airport, complete with chocolatiers.
And even if the only European chocolate you can find is a European version of something you could buy in an American convenience store, you’re still in luck. You can’t find better quality chocolate.