We have developed a few favorite Swiss brands. Visitors favorite is always Mövenpick. After tasting Mövenpick ice cream, we had a visitor come back to the apartment and spend several hours doing a search to find out where she could get it in the US. Unfortunately, it’s not available there (another reason to visit Switzerland). They do export and you can find it in 30 countries around the world including Russia, Finland, Australia and Singapore.
Mövenpick has an astounding number of unique flavors with exotic ingredients like handcrafted Swiss caramel, fine French Cognac VSOP and vanilla seeds from Madagascar. They introduce new “Limited Editions” flavors for each season. Think cinnamon in the winter, exotic fruits in the summer… It’s not just the amazing flavors that make it exceptional. All products are made without artificial additives, flavours or colors. The quality of the dairy is phenomenal. Describing it as incredibly creamy doesn’t even begin to do it justice.
While the Swiss Chocolate flavor is good, the best flavors are the creamy ones. Our favorite is Creme de Gruyères (heavenly sweet Swiss cream with crunch bits of real Meringue inside). It’s so good that you are in real danger of sounding like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally when you taste it. Other top flavors are Crème Brulée and Tiramisú.
They have over 30 varieties, other flavors include:
- Pistashio (another one of my favorites)
- Cocoa & Orange
- Pink rhubarb,
- Cognac VSOP,
- Caramelita (Caramel is a favorite of his),
- Mousse Aux Poires (pear mousse),
- Scottish Single Malt Whiskey,
- Absinthe & Amaretto,
- Swiss Apple, Edelweiss,
- Almond & Vanilla,
- Stracciatella (very yummy),
- Panna Cotta with Raspberry,
- White Peach, and
You can find Mövenpick in Europe at roadside kiosks (highly recommended for lakeside strolls), Mövenpick restaurants (worth going just to check out the insanely large and fancy menu of ice cream), other fine establishments and Co-op Swiss grocery stores (yep, we’re stocking the freezer if you come visit).
Mövenpick was originally produced in the kitchens of high-end Swiss restaurants. Eventually, they built factory in Bursins, then moved to a larger facility in Rorschach. In 2003, Nestlé (in Vevey) acquired the brand rights for the Ice Cream category, but keeps it as an independent unit (classifying it as Super Premium) in their in order to maintain the brand’s knowledge, innovation and quality.
Mövenpick doesn’t just make ice cream. In Switzerland, they make yoghurt, chocolate and coffee. We’ve heard from German friends that they sell wonderful jams and salad dressings there. I’ve heard they also do wines. They also have hotels ?!? Yes, you read that correctly. In case you’re wondering, they are high-end too. As you might have guessed, they also serve a phenomenal breakfast.
P.S. I may or may not have snuck some with breakfast. If I did, please don’t judge me.