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Swiss breakthroughs

The Swiss pride themselves on their inventiveness and entrepreneurship. Although various breakthroughs in the technique of chocolate processing came from manufacturers all over Europe and the United States, the Swiss were responsible for several of them.

The following achievements are all claimed by Swiss chocolate makers:

  • The invention of the mixer which combined sugar and cocoa powder
  • The invention of the conch which made much smoother chocolate
  • The tempering process, to prevent the formation of crystals on the surface of chocolate
  • Hazelnut chocolate
  • Milk chocolate
  • Filled chocolate