Where Can I Find...
Where can I find... Marmite, baking soda, yeast, Vegemite, peanut butter, popcorn, maple syrup, grape jelly, Cheerios, and so on? Put answers to these and similar questions below...
Generally speaking ...
There are many websites that index suppliers of all kinds of things. They are not specifically for consumer use, in fact most are clearly oriented towards business use, but they are often the best place to start looking.
(this list is far from exhaustive, please amend).
Other good ways of finding what you need are:
- google it! To restrict your search to Swiss websites, simply add "site:.ch" to your query.
- Baking Powder and Soda
- Chocolate Chips
- Crisco/Vegetable Shortening
Baking powder is found in the baking needs section of most grocery stores in packets labeled Backpulver.
Baking soda, (Natron/Bicarbonate de Sodium/Bicarbonato di sodio), E500, NaHCO3 can be found in local supermarkets in the baking goods section. Its other names include sodium bicarbonate, sodium hydrogen carbonate, sodium bicarb, bread soda, cooking soda, bicarb soda, saleratus or bicarbonate of soda. Natriumhydrogencarbonat. It can also be obtained from a pharmacy.
Found in the baking needs area labeled Schokoladewürfeli or Backschokolade-Würfel. Not the same shape as in the USA but rather as cubes or rectangular prisms. They do the trick though and are actually made of better chocolate than in the States, not surprisingly.
Vanilla is available here in dried sticks and liquid. Found in the baking needs area of a grocery the liquid is available in packets labeled Bourbon-Vanille Aroma(essence)
You can find real vanilla extract (the vanilla aroma sold at grocery stores is NOT the same, in my opinion) and artificial vanilla extract at El Maiz Mexican store, Josefstrasse 23 in Zurich. Homepage. [at]
- Erdinger Dunkel Weizen
There's a shop in the Hauptbahnhof - "Beers of the World" or something like that - that carries Erdinger Dunkel.
- Maple Syrup
- Peanut Butter
- Vegemite & Other Aussie Stuff
Also at Coop and at Migros.
At Migros, Coop, Globus and other big grocery stores. I've tried the Coop Crunchy and it tastes pretty authentic. Only comes in a 300g Jar though. There's a health food store at the main train station which apparently sells larger sized Bio quality peanut butter.
Having done the independent PeanutButter tastetest, I have to admit the coop one is better. The health food store one is sweeter and not crunchy at all.
Try the aussie shop
- "American Style Candies"
- Graham crackers
Some stores suggested to the group: Kids Town on Bahnhofstrasse, The Lollipop Shop in the Hauptbahnhof and the Flughafen, Cindy's Diner on the Motorway south of Zurich, Globus, and Franz Carl Weber. The largest selection is reputedly at the Lollipop Shop.
Migros and Coop both sell it in unpopped form. Look for bags with American Flag or Statue of Liberty motifs.
Graham crackers aren't readily found in Switzerland.
substitution for most uses, including cake bases and pie crusts, is
digestive biscuits or ginger nut cookies, both available at Coop. Another
option is to simply make your own graham crackers. The process is simple
and only requires about an hour. Once you have tried fresh made graham
crackers, I think you will find they are superior in cost, quality and
How to make your own Graham crackers
There's no shortage of bread in Switzerland - plenty of quality and variety both. But rye bread is not part of the regular Swiss diet, and is typically not found at the bakers for instance.
- Dansk rugbrød / rye bread
- "Das volle Korn", a Roggenvollkornbrot. Comes sliced in packets of 500gr.
- "1688 Steinofenbrot". Comes sliced in packets of 500gr. (this is pretty close to "sønderjysk rugbrød").
Migros and Coop both have small packets of sliced rye bread. Migros will usually also have pumpernickel, but Denner has the closest equivalent to proper rugbrød I have seen so far.
My favourite choices are: