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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Luxemburgerli of Zürich

March 25, 2011 at 6:12 PM | by | ()

When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!

Everyone knows Lindt, right? Swiss chocolate Lindor truffles and whatnot... But although the name Lindt is well-known, its full name—Lindt & Sprüngli—is practically a secret. If you'd like to taste this other half of the Lindt genius, then you've got to save up and head to Zürich, Switzerland, an expensive city if ever there was one.

This year marks the 175th anniversary of Sprüngli, and with that many years behind them, you can bet that their version of a macaron—called Luxemburgerli—are long perfected.

The taste: Imagine the best macaron from Ladurée or Pierre Herme of Paris. Now imagine it so much better. We bought lemon, pistachio, cappuccino, strawberry and vanilla and every time we ate one, we instantly regretted it. Because then it didn't exist anymore! We can't eat it again. Still, the moment it melts in your mouth and releases its strong zap of flavor, you'll know it was totally worth the trouble and price.

The Price: We're embarrassed to say how much a little box of 12 of these babies cost. Just keep in mind that Zürich is one of the more expensive cities of the world, and you'll plop down the 20+ CHF a little easier (maybe). If you want to pay even more, order them online.

Where to Find It: Confiserie Sprüngli's main location is at Bahnhofstrasse 21, smack dab in the middle of historical Zürich. This flagship is divided into a cafe (conditorei) and a candy/patisserie/chocolate shop (confiserie). If you're just looking to buy some Luxemburgerli and get out, then we'd suggest trying the satellite Sprüngli locations in the main hall at the Hauptbahnhof (main train station) and the Flughafen (airport).

[Photos: Jaunted]

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