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Swiss chocolatier creates gourmet chocolate from donkey milk

At the risk of making an ass of himself, a chocolatier in Switzerland has made a selection of gourmet chocolate using donkey milk.

Swiss choclatier makes chocolate from donkey milk.
Swiss choclatier makes chocolate from donkey milk. Image by Dimitris / CC BY 2.0

It may have taken two years to perfect, but Gérard Fornerod, a chocolate maker from Morges in Vaud, is the first person in the country to make confectionary from the product. The idea originally came about after Fornerod paired up with Pierluigi Orunesu from the company Eurolactis, a donkey milk producer also based in the town on Lake Geneva. Orunesu had wanted Fornerod to create some chocolate donkeys to present to the Pope when he visited him in Rome to show off Eurolactis products.

Swiss choc guru produces gourmet chocolate from donkey milk.
Swiss choc guru produces gourmet chocolate from donkey milk. Image by my camera and me / CC BY-SA 2.0

Speaking to Le Tribune de Genève, chocolatier Gérard Fornerod said: “When he returned Pierluigi suggested that I make recipes with his product. I started to make pastries and the result was really good.” According to Eurolactis, donkey milk is high in essential fatty acids and vitamins. It is also very similar to the milk of a human mother. Due to the relative rarity of donkey milk, a 25g bar of chocolate from Gérard Fornerod’s shop is priced at 9.90CHF (around £8).