While traveling in Geneva, my dad bought a small little cauldron (a.k.a chocolate marmites) filled with little candies. Yes, it’s random, but there is a very interesting history behind this quirky little cauldron.
(Ignore the white circle on the table, sorry.)
Here’s a little history lesson on this edible cauldron:
During the night November 12, 1602, the Savoyards, led by the duke of Savoy, charged into Geneva for a surprise attack. According to a German legend, a lady by the name of Mere Royaume (which means”Mother Kingdom” in French) poured a cauldron of boiling vegetable soup out of her window on the head of a Savoyard soldier, which scalded the soldier to death. This event woke up many of the Genevan citizens, calling them to battle. The Savoyards, were driven out, and the Genevans celebrated.
In honor of Mere Royaume, the Genevans sip vegetable soup and eat chocolate cauldrons at a big festival that takes place every year. But the sad part is that you have to smash it before you eat it. That’s right!
The tradition of the cauldron is to:
1. Yell: “Death to the people who threaten the republic!”
2. Smash the pot with your hand… or a hammer I guess…
3. Eat and enjoy! There are small treats in the cauldron like more chocolate and marzipan. (Here’s a link to marzipan if you don’t know what it is:http://www.marzipanworld.com/acatalog/Marzipan_Vegetables.htm)
I think y’all are ready for a review.
Well here we go:
Taste: Too my disappointment, it tasted just like regular chocolate. Pretty good though, like any Hershey’s bar.
Appearance: Very fancy! I didn’t want to ruin it by eating it, but I had to.
Price: Expensive! I think you can only buy them online or in Germany. I’m not sure how much it costs, but I’d guess around 30 US dollars for the size we bought. (On second thought, probably more than 30 dollars…)
Uniqueness: Probably the most unique treat I’ve ever seen! You don’t see a chocolate cauldron a lot these days.
Buy/Try again?: Maybe. It’s very expensive and hard to get, and the chocolate was just average. But it’s very fun to smash the cauldron!