From bean to chocolate

Where does our cacao come from? How is the chocolate produced? What is special about the Läderach chocolate?


1. Harvest

Cocoa grows around the equator mainly in West Africa as well as in Central and South America. The colorful pods grow directly at the trunk or stronger branches of the tree. The pod is cut from the tree by razor-sharp blades, mostly on long wooden sticks, twice a year  – by hand.


2. Slice open

Two or three hard hits are needed to open the pod with a machete. The beans inside are surrounded by a white, jelly-like, sweet and sour pulp as with a lychee. The beans inside will be removed immediately and collected in separate pots.


3. Fermentation

The fermentation process lasts about 4 to 8 days during which the cocoa beans develop their unique flavor and bad odors vanish. Fermentation varies depending on the bean type, Forastero beans require about 5 days and Criollo beans 2-3 days.


4. Drying

Cocoa beans are dried after fermentation in order to reduce the moisture content from about 60% to about 7.5%. Drying must be carried out carefully to ensure that off-flavors are not developed. The beans are sun-dried in the open air either on the ground or low tables.


5. Fill up

Once dried, the beans are checked once more on their quality, sorted by quality and size and filled into jute sacks for Läderach to be sent on their long journey to Switzerland …


1. Quality Control

Arriving at Läderach in Switzerland, the quality of our beans is thoroughly checked and examined by ourselves in Bilten, Glarus. Each delivery is checked in our laboratory to ensure best quality for our Läderach chocolate.


2. Cleaning

The jute sacks are cut open, and the cocoa beans pass through a multi-stage washing system. You would be astonished what we discover thanks to this process: dust, sand, bits of metal or shells are harmless examples.


3. Peeling & Re-use

Thanks to the heat of an infrared drum, the shell of the cocoa bean can be cracked more easily. With regards to sustainability we gather the cocoa bean shells and hand it over to local farmers since they are a perfect fertilizer.


4. Breaking

After the peeling the beans will be crushed into little pieces – the so called nibs. Nibs are small fragments of raw cocoa, which are then ground to obtain cocoa mass. You can taste chocolate flavor if you eat them.


5. Roasting

What is the perfect roasting? Same as with coffee the perfect roasting is the most challenging part for a Swiss chocolatier and one of our core competencies. By gently roasting the nibs, the cocoa beans’ fine aromas are released.


6. Grinding

A beater blade mill breaks the nibs’ cell structure. Cocoa butter is released. The warmth, the cocoa butter and the broken nibs’ cell structure together produce a liquid cocoa mass. Try it once you have the opportunity. A bitter, but astonishing experience.


7. Mixing

The ingredients for a basic chocolate are mixed together into a homogenous mass in a batch mixer. The exact quantity ratio is a well-kept Läderach secret – and is what gives our products their excellent flavor.


8. Rolling

Passing a fine 5-roller mill, the chocolate gets finer and finer. Funny enough, the cacao pastry goes upwards from roll to roll. At the end, the chocolate turns into a flaky powder.


9. Conching

The fine chocolate powder is filled into the conche. This is the last and most important step in the manufacture of Läderach chocolate. In the conche, the powder is thoroughly kneaded and mixed together with cocoa butter. This removes any unwanted bitter and tart notes from the chocolate and creates the real pleasure that is Läderach chocolate…


10. Getting Best Swiss Chocolate

Finally, we now created chocolate or so-called “couverture”. Everything is now ready to add nuts, berries, honey and others of our best ingredients to get our original FrischSchoggiTM or one of our Easter bunnies or truffels.


1. Tempering

By tempering, the Läderach chocolatier heats the chocolate and cools it down again. This process enables a cell structures that results in a cracking, shiny chocolate. Signs of high quality of chocolate.


2. Ingredients

Now the moment has come to add our tasty ingredients. The caramelized Piemond hazelnuts or marzipan, cream etc. are mixed to delicious, delighting fillings for pralines or truffles.


3. Hollow shells - invented by Läderach

Rudolf Läderach jr. invented in 1970 the hollow truffle shell and had it patented. So far chocolatiers needed to roll the chocolate to balls. See more on Our Story


4. Truffles

Once the hollow truffle shell is filled by a tasteful, soft cream, it will be covered by chocolate again. Different methods lead to a wide variety of looks and desings. Best would be you try out our truffles by yourself.


5. Cleo - our Easter Bunny

Cleo is one of the Läderach original Easter bunnies. Many hands work on an Easter bunny like this. Drawing eyes or binding ribbons around the neck – all made by hand. Authentic Swiss chocolate handcraft for our chocolate loving customers like you! Enjoy!

You want top try our exclusive chocolate creations!

Pure Grand Cru Chocolate

Tablet Grand Cru Madagascar 64%

A real explosion of flavour, with citrus notes, red berries, honey and typical Madagascan cocoa.


The pure taste in detail

This Grand Cru chocolate tablet made exclusively with cocoa from Madagascar and has a cocoa content of 64%. It has a deep brown colour and a silky sheen. Its fruity aroma of fresh limes and light, savory sweetness with a bright, pleasant bitterness lend this chocolate an alluring character. On the tongue, the chocolate releases a bouquet of flavours including citrus fruits, red berries, honey, and delicately roasted island cocoa. Rounded out by its extremely fine texture, the Grand Cru Madagascar 64% chocolate tablet is truly a delight.

Pure Milk Chocolate

Tablet Milk

A strong cocoa flavour with the taste of fresh Swiss milk, light caramel and a hint of vanilla.


The pure taste in detail

A warm, reddish-brown colour, this milk chocolate’s rich scent, fine texture and lasting finish makes it truly a delight. The prominent flavour of selected, lightly roasted cocoa beans is supported by a harmonious composition of fresh Swiss milk, delicate caramel, and a subtle note of vanilla. The combination of these high-quality ingredients is the secret behind our creamy, classic Läderach milk chocolate.

Pure White Chocolate

Tablet White

A combination of fresh Swiss milk and cream with delicious vanilla and a touch of caramel.


The pure taste in detail

This creamy white chocolate is characterised by its ivory colour and delicate aromas of milk, cream, and vanilla. The high proportion of top-quality Swiss milk and creamy cocoa butter harmonise together to create a subtle sweetness. It has a soft, velvety mouthfeel, a well-rounded note of vanilla, and a hint of caramel in the finish.

Pure Blond Chocolate

Tablet Blond Caramel

A rich and nutty caramel aroma and flavour.


The pure taste in detail

The tablet Blond Caramel has a unique golden colour and a glossy sheen that make it stand out. The chocolate features rich, nutty aromas of caramel and toffee, making it popular with chocolate lovers of all ages. It is characterized by its smooth, glossy surface, velvety, melt-in-your-mouth texture, and lingering toasted sugar finish.

Pure Grand Cru Chocolate

Tablet Grand Cru Ecuador 70%

A bouquet of cocoa, black tea, hibiscus and rose – a truly unique experience.


The pure taste in detail

This Grand Cru Ecuador chocolate bar is made exclusively with cocoa from northern Ecuador and contains 70% cocoa. With a rich, dark brown colour and a glossy sheen, the chocolate is characterised by a luscious, floral bouquet paired with a mild sweetness, toasty notes, and the unmistakable flavour of natural vanilla. The nuances of earthy cocoa, black tea, hibiscus, and rose are sure to delight your taste-buds. The chocolate initially has a smooth, velvety mouthfeel, coupled with a lasting chocolatey finish that lingers deliciously on the palate.

Pure Grand Cru Chocolate

Tablet Grand Cru Trinidad 80%

A truly tantalising and balanced blend of tobacco notes, red berries and flowery flavours.


The pure taste in detail

The cocoa used in this Grand Cru chocolate tablet comes exclusively from Trinidad. With 80% cocoa, it has the highest proportion of cocoa and is the darkest chocolate in our line of chocolate tablets. It has a full-bodied, deeply-roasted cocoa flavour and a dark brown colour. This “tropical” variety features rich roasted aromas and notes of tobacco that are balanced out by a hint of red berries and complex fruity and floral nuances. The chocolate tablet is rounded out by a pleasant, drier finish.