They are back in the supermarkets now, and this is our favorite! The Marmite de l’Escalade is not just about chocolate, it’s about one of Geneva’s most treasured traditions! The Marmite de l’Escalade looks like a chocolate cauldron (or marmite), complete with marzipan “vegetables” inside.
I remember, as a foreign mom, being invited for the first time to the Escalade at our kid’s daycare center, having no idea what we were singing about, or celebrating or the meaning of this chocolate cauldron. Now, I honestly look with impatience for the first signs of chocolate marmites in Swiss supermarkets and immediately get one as soon as they arrive!
How it is eaten
You put your chocolate marmite on a clean kitchen towel and fold it around it (so that you won’t hurt your hands during the next step). Then, the youngest, and the oldest person in your family put their hands together into in one big fist and break the chocolate Marmite while saying the words: ‘Et ainsi périrent les ennemis de la République!’ (“Thus perished the enemies of the Republic!”). Then you unfold the kitchen towel to reveal and share the pieces of chocolate and the marmite’s marzipan bounty!
To know all about the history of the Escalade and why it is celebrated every year in early December, click here. As you will see on the program (available in English), you will have the chance to taste a variety of Swiss specialties during that weekend!
Where to get it the chocolate Marmite.
At your local Migros, Coop, and at Geneva’s many chocolate boutiques!