10 Facts About Bouchons Vaudois: A Swiss Treat That Looks Like a Cork

Bouchons Vaudois

Have you ever tried a Bouchon Vaudois? 

I finally bought some during a recent visit to Montreux. To learn more, here are 10 facts about this special treat, which celebrated its 70th birthday in 2018.

1. Bouchon means “cork” in French, and the shape and exterior color of this sweet treat certainly resembles one. After that, the Vaudois in its name refers to the origin of this candythe Swiss canton of Vaud, where about one-quarter of all Swiss wine is produced.

2. In 1948, the Société Vaudoise et Romande des Patrons Pâtissiers-Confiseurs, Chocolatiers, Glaciers introduced the Bouchon Vaudois. First, the idea for this sweet treat started with Alfred Anex. A former president of this association, he wanted to create a new confection to represent Vaud. Legend has it that over a meal of cheese fondue, Monsieur Anex picked up a cork from bottle of wine and declared, “J’ai trouvé!” (I found it!). And so, the idea for the Bouchon Vaudois was born.

3. Bouchon Vaudois appears on the list of traditional food products maintained by Patrimoine Culinaire Suisse (Culinary Heritage of Switzerland).

4. The crisp, biscuit shell of a Bouchon Vaudois contains egg whites, sugar, grated almonds and flour. Then, inside this shell you will find a smooth chocolate and almond praline filling.

Bouchons Vaudois

5. The filling for these sweet treats contains a Swiss apéritif, known as Bitter des Diablerets. Also from Vaud, this alcoholic beverage was first made in 1876.

6. Typically, Bouchons Vaudois are served as a friandise. As a result, people will serve these tiny sweets after the dessert course with a hot beverage.

7. The Société Vaudoise et Romande des Patrons Pâtissiers-Confiseurs, Chocolatiers, Glaciers currently lists 19 confiseries that make Bouchons Vaudois.

8. In 2012, due to rising production costs, this association that oversees the production of Bouchons Vaudois, introduced a mechanized process for making the outer biscuit of these sweet treats. While no longer 100 percent handmade, confectioners still fill each individual candy by hand. The video below, from the Office du Tourisme du Canton de Vaud, shows how the Bouchons Vaudois are produced.

Video: Histoire de Recettes (Recipe Stories) – Bouchons Vaudois

9. You can purchase Bouchons Vaudois throughout the year. They generally cost around CHF 2 per piece.

10. Bouchons Vaudois are often sold in a reusable cylindrical tin that resembles a large cork.


Updated: January 8, 2023

11 replies »

    • Hello Donnalee! Thanks for your message! I heard in the last 24 hours from two Swiss friends who were also learning about them for the first time. Maybe they are not so well-known outside of Vaud? Hope you are doing well, and thanks again. -Heddi

    • Thank you for visiting my blog! I would be very very surprised if you found them in France or Belgium. They’re a super regional Swiss product that do not seem to be very well-known even in Switzerland outside the canton of Vaud.

  1. They look good! They remind of an Italian Almond based pastry I had when I was a kid.

    • I’m all out and need to buy some more! 🙂 That Italian almond pastry sounds delicious. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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