This month’s Mid-Autumn Festival is a time to gift brick-like cakes to friends and family. If you need a middle ground with local contacts, these Swiss chocolatiers have a sweeter option.
Love chocolate? Then get excited. Sitting under your nose, a pair of gentleman have been introducing Dongguan to some of the world’s finest chocolate culture. Childhood friends Patrick and Richard hail from the picturesque country of Switzerland, best known for its clocks, cheese, secret bank accounts and, of course, it’s chocolate.
Patrick knows China. He’s been living and working here for over a decade in the leather industry, but it was when he got back in touch with Richard that the magic started to happen. After a successful young career as a chef, Richard retreated to Geneva and emerged a master chocolatier. Patrick had an idea to bring something special to the city and together they founded Edelchocolate.
In 2013, the boutique chocolate company began with a simple mission. Provide a taste of real Switzerland here in Dongguan. All of their authentic ingredients are sourced from home, but the chocolate is devotedly produced and handcrafted in our very own Houjie. This means freshly made European chocolate delivered to your door the same day.
… authentic ingredients are sourced from home, but the chocolate is devotedly produced and handcrafted in our very own Houjie.
They say Chocolate is a “dream product,” not a necessity. And with this mindset, the two friends create bespoke items with unique shapes and flavors for weddings, corporate gifts and personal commissions. Their latest creation, a chocolate mooncake, was made with help from Master Lin, a traditional Chinese pastry chef, and the East-meets-West treat is ready just in time for Mid Autumn Festival.
Master Lin agreed to share his family recipe, a secret kept for more than two generations, and the result looks like a traditional mooncake with a dense, brownie-like chocolate interior. It’s less sweet than some common Western chocolate, but there is still a rich flavor and moist texture.
The chocolate mooncake has something for everyone and they are hoping this and future combinations can help to change some foreign attitudes toward Chinese food culture by providing a Western influenced gateway to Chinese cuisine.
Last year they closed their brick and mortar shop in Houjie, but items can be bought online through Taobao or the company’s website, www.edelchocolate.com.