There are no Christmas markets in Geneva but there are chocolate shops. This week they are filled with chocolate cauldrons for the Fete de L’Escalade, an annual festival to celebrate the defeat of Charles Emmanuel I’s troops by the city’s defenders on December 12, 1602. According to legend,during the attack a woman dropped a pot of boiling soup on the head of an attacker, killing him. The chocolate marmites, which are filled with marzipan vegetables, are broken and eaten as part of the festivals activities. I bought one and we’ll have our own celebration at home!

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