Hazelnut Yogurt: Visiting Dairy Heaven in Emmental

Our regular Cheesemonger is off today, so I thought I'd give you a peek at a cheese shop in Emmental, Switzerland, that made me weak in the knees. It wasn't the cheese, though, that made me buckle; it was the yogurt. Take a look at these flavors.

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On our way back from the mountains we stopped at this dairy and cheese shop to pick up cheese for fondue. This dairy collective is a certified producer of Emmental cheese, but they also had cheeses from all over the region, and lots of homemade yogurt and ice cream too. I couldn't help but gape at all the pots of fresh yogurt lined up in the cooler. The flavors — they went so far beyond the strawberry and vanilla of my own supermarket back home!

I bought a small pot of hazelnut yogurt — it was definitely hard to pick among the cherry, chestnut, and chocolate flavors, but this won. I also spotted caramel and banana yogurts; I really wanted to try every one of them.

I had it on the day I left Switzerland, for breakfast, and it was a beautiful yogurt — not sweet at all, thin and creamy, and full of fresh hazelnuts ground fine. It was delicious, and I may try to recreate it here with hazelnuts and good yogurt.

Related: True Swiss Fondue: A Taste of Switzerland

(Images: Faith Durand)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.