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The story begins in 1845. The confectioner, David Spr�ngli-Schwarz and his inventive son, Rudolf Spr�ngli- Ammann, own a small confectionery shop in the Marktgasse of Zurich's Old Town. They decide to employ a fashionable new recipe from Italy for manufacturing chocolate in solid form, and using the method already adopted by Fran�ois-Louis Cailler in Vevey and Philippe Suchard in Neuenburg. The delectable new treat evidently met with the approval of Zurich's social �lite because, after two years, it was decided to move chocolate production from the cramped Zurich bakery to a small factory endowed with a water-supply in Horgen at the top end of Lake Zurich. Even at that time, as many as ten workers were employed.

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