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Hot Marroni

It's the time of the year again when days are getting shorter and the weather colder and colder. October and November in Switzerland typically have only a few sunny moments and a lot of gray, foggy and wet days. Spending time outside in this season usually includes splashing into puddles with your rubber boots or jumping through piles of fallen leaves.

However, the colder season also offers its other charms. Drinking hot tea or cider, cuddling under a blanket and watching tv or taking a hot bath are definitely more fun when it's cold and gray outside. And with the cold weather, another thing is appearing in almost every bigger town in Switzerland: marroni vendors.

When a Swiss person refers to marroni they mean an edible chestnut that is roasted in a large pan. (As opposed to non edible chestnuts which are called Kastanien.) You usually eat them hot since they taste best when freshly roasted: a nutty sweet flavor! If you've never ate bought or any marroni, believe me: it feels great to stroll through the streets and do some window shopping while munching some hot marroni. Yummy!

If you prefer to make your own marroni (they tend to be a bit pricey at the vendors) this is how you do it:
  1. Buy a bag of marroni at the supermarket (not roasted or cooked ones obviously)
  2. Take a sharp knife and cut a cross into the flat side of the marroni
  3. Roast in a hot pan (preferably over the fire)
A more detailed recipe on marroni roasting or chestnut roasting can be found here. Bon appetite!

Hot Marroni - Günter Havlena  /

PS: There are also other tasty dishes that can be made from marroni, e.g. Vermicelles, cakes and cookies. Be creative!



  1. Yeah, I also love them, especially its sweet version Vermicelles combined with Merinque, another Swiss invention (originally from Meiringen, BE). But I learned, not everybody's taste outside of Europe.

    By the way, small correction: Kastanie (plural: Kastanien) is the generic term for both, the edible and the non-edible ones: The edibale one is called - in High German - 'Edelkastanie' (edel = noble/precious/fine), the non-edible: '(Gemeine) Rosskastanie' (Gemein in the sense of 'gewöhnlich' (common/ordinary); Ross=>Pferd = horse). The Ottomen used their seed to cure their horses. And their affinity is only given by their common resemblance, but they do not even belong to the same plant family; a superficial affinity wrongly defined by our ancestors by applying the same word.

  2. I love Vermicelles too! :)

    And you are right, Kastanie refers to both the edible and the non-edible chestnuts. Thanks for noticing!

  3. I love chestnuts also...I generally buy a full bag and make some for dinner during autumn...Love it!

    It's also really nice to buy some at the vendors when you're a bit cold and hungry in the street... ;-)

    And I discovered recently a Lindt chocolate filled with chestnur puree...It was awesome!

    1. I didnt know there is chestnut chocolate. I will definitely give it a try! :)

  4. I do love Marroni!!!


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