Swiss baked products

A wreath of small buns with a dough similar to pretzels, is available in Swiss bakeries as “Silserkranz”. The name itself is composed of the word “Kranz”, which means wreath. The interpretation of the word “Silser” is twofold. Some translate it as a German-Swiss term for “Salse”, which is the lye used in making pretzels. Others see it as a reference to the Swiss town of Sils. Either way, Silserkranz is definitely worth trying.


You can break off individual buns from the wreath as needed, which are beautifully tender inside, tasting similar to pretzels. A delicacy!

Silserkranz detail

One Silserkranz costs 3.10 CHF (which is approx. the same amount in EUR). A much broader spectrum of wreath-shaped bread can be purchased in Switzerland.


Butterweggli is a type of Swiss bun. The name translates from Swiss German roughly as “little butter roll”. Butterweggli is soft, fluffy, and slightly sweet. As the name suggests, they are made with a large amount of butter, which gives them a pronounced buttery taste. Often, they are eaten with just butter, jam, or honey. However, they can also be used to make sandwiches. One piece of this bread costs 0.85 CHF (which is approx. the same amount in EUR).

Potato buns (“Kartoffelbrötchen”) are a type of bread whose dough contains potatoes, giving it a characteristic structure and taste. As I bake homemade sourdough bread practically every week, I was fascinated by their crispiness and taste. One piece cost 1.25 CHF (which is approx. the same amount in EUR).