Chocolate comes in a wide variety of forms. From solid to liquid, it can be combined with many different flavors to give it unique qualities that ensures it is an experience to enjoy. There are also a wide range of chocolatiers that produce the different goods in different ways. Different companies use different ingredients and methods to produce their products. No recipe or process is exactly the same, and that is why there is often a huge taste difference between companies. Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland is an overseas company that produces chocolate that they ship worldwide. This small company prides itself in always placing quality over anything else in their chocolate making process. Whereas companies like Hershey and Nestle use a plethora of artificial ingredients and preservatives to keep costs low and profits high, Teuscher only uses the finest ingredients and methods to make their chocolate. Everything is made in Zurich and shipped to their stores, which number under 30 world-wide. Take this in comparison to Hershey, which can be found at practically any store that one goes to. Dolf Teuscher Jr., son of founder Dolf Teuscher, keeps the business small in order to preserve quality. Each store places an order for what they need, and the company in Zurich hand makes the products based on the order and ships them out. This ensures that each product is held to the finest standards, and that quality is not sacrificed for quantity. Mr. Teuscher takes time every year to visit each of his stores and make sure that service is up to standards. It is easy to see that this company values nothing more than providing quality goods for their customers.
The company started in 1932 by a man named Dolf Teuscher. His interest in chocolate manifested itself early on and he became determined to open a chocolate shop of his own. However, Dolf did not immediately go into chocolate production. In 1932, he and his wife opened a bakery and confectionary shop in Toesstal, Switzerland. Soon after opening this small bakery, they moved their shop to Zurich, which is where the magic happened. One evening, Dolf saw a bucket with a couple Champagne bottles, which lead to him having a dream of a combination of champagne and chocolate, the Champagne Truffle. When he awoke, instead of ignoring the dream, he immediately began to work on this creation. Dolf’s creativity stemmed from his dream and was based of his experiences. He was motivated to create a product that was new and would be well liked. I consider his process to include collecting, because he used his knowledge of chocolate and its production as well as his observation of the champagne to help fuel his creative process. Truffles and champagne were not new concepts, but the two ideas had never been combined. This also is related to the process of expertise, since Dolf was already an expert in making chocolate.
Teuscher currently takes pride in quality and design of their chocolates. Everything from the actual food to store decorations and gift boxes are hand crafted in Zurich with fine attention to detail. The company has expanded from just plain chocolate and has a range of jams, jellies, marzipans, truffles, and other delicious products.
|Hand crafted gift boxes|