Zurich’s Honey Tirggel

Tirggel is a very hard, thin honey cookie, the surface of which is adorned with historical Zurich motifs from yesteryear.

The Zurich Tirggel is an elegant cookie made from honey, ginger, aniseed, coriander, rosewater, and flour. It was first mentioned in writing back in the 15th century, at a time when the majority of people could not afford this specialty, with its costly ingredients. However, over the years the Tirggel has become particularly popular as a traditional treat eaten during the festive season or on feast days, and is generally made during the colder months of the year. Production runs at full capacity above all at Christmas and leading up to Sechseläuten.

Until 1840, only Zurich’s city bakers were allowed to make this sweet honey delicacy. However, with the introduction of free trade, before long bakers in rural areas started producing Tirggel, which led to fierce competition. This mainly concerned the creation of unusual and new motifs to decorate the cookies, which gave rise to a wide diversity of designs. This rich variety has remained to this day, and every Tirggel bakery is proud of its original wooden molds.

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Globus Zürich

With its decorative designs, Tirggel are completely at home in the elegant food hall of this Zurich department store.
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Berg & Tal Market Store

The specialist for small producers from all over Switzerland. It goes without saying that Tirggel enjoy a permanent place on the shelves here.
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Urban Food Store

The local specialties from small-scale production on sale here take food lovers on culinary journeys of discovery through Zurich.
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In the colorful delicatessen section of this elegant department store you can find everything your heart desires – including Zurich Tirggel.

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