A classic Swiss candy, Cola Fröschli, brings back childhood memories for many Swiss people. If you grew up in Switzerland, you may have used pocket change when you were a kid to purchase these little candies from a kiosk. Here are 10 facts about this iconic Swiss food product:
1. In 1938, a man named André Klein started making Cola Fröschli in Basel, Switzerland. When the American soft drink Coca-Cola arrived in Switzerland, Klein had the idea to try adding a cola flavor to a hard candy, and Cola Fröschli was born.
2. Shaped like little frogs (fröschli), these sweet hard candies weigh approximately 5 grams each and have a brown color. This color comes from the caramel sugar syrup.
3. Cola Fröschli has been included in the directory of Patrimoine Culinaire Suisse (Swiss culinary heritage).
4. The original recipe for Cola Fröschli has not changed: sugar, glucose syrup, citric acid, caramel sugar syrup, natural aroma and sunflower oil.
5. The cola flavor for these frogs, a natural ingredient, comes from the nuts of the kola tree, according to Patrimoine Culinaire Suisse.
6. Klein shaped these candies like a frog, lying down on its belly, to make them more appealing for children.
7. Other flavors of the frog candy have been introduced over the years, such as raspberry, lemon and caramel, but the original cola flavor has lasted over time.
8. These frog-shaped candies are also known as Goggi-Fröschli. Goggi means “cola” in Swiss German. In French, these candies are called, grenouilles au cola, and in Italian, Ranocchiette all cola.
9. Since 2015, Cola Fröschli have been produced by Egli AG, a Swiss company based in Effretikon and within the canton of Zürich.
10. Cola Fröschli celebrates in 80th anniversary in 2018. To help commemorate this event, Egli AG has unveiled a new design for its packaging. It is also hosting a children’s coloring contest. Deadline: September 30, 2018.