|Spread of Swiss cheese and meats|
The most cost effective way to try Swiss specialties is to simply go to the supermarket and buy some local cheese, dried meat and bread. This will also make for a delicious picnic to take on a mountain hike. Swiss cheeses are mostly hard cheeses and include: Gruyère, Appenzeller, Emmentaler, Tilsiter, Tête de Moine, Sbrinz and Berner Hobelkäse. Mountain meat specialties include: Bündnerfleisch (dried beef), Rohschinken (the Swiss version of prosciutto), Speck (dried bacon) or Mostbröckli (traditionally made from horse meat, but could also be beef). Alternatively, a selection of these is usually available in the appetizer section of many mountain restaurants. Enjoy with a glass of Swiss white wine.
To buy chocolate for yourself and gifts to bring home, regular supermarkets have a broad selection and good prices. Frey is the brand of Migros, while all other brands (e.g. Lindt, Cailler, Suchard, Camille Bloch, etc.) are available at Coop. Merkur is a store specialized in chocolate and offers a wide variety of chocolates, including Läderach, a more upscale (and delicious!) brand of chocolate, and many nice items that will make great gifts.