The history of Confiserie Brändli

The history of Confiserie Brändli is a traditional family story and goes way back in time. It all began over 130 years ago with Arnold and Anna Brändli and a bakery in Lenzburg. The Brändli family is dedicated to its tradition and continues to expand the business.

  • 2024

    The Brändli Bombe is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Our most legendary creation was created in 1924 on the occasion of the Federal Shooting Festival in Aarau and has been winning the hearts of gourmets around the world ever since.

  • 2020

    A lot has happened since the rebranding. Many new partnerships with selected resellers have been established since then, including with KaDeWe in Berlin (2016), Globus (2016), Loeb (2018) and Jelmoli (2019).

    Special mention should be made of the Schreiber bookshop in Olten, which has continued to serve our valued Olten customers with Brändli delicacies since the closure of our branch in July 2020.

  • 2015

    Launch of a new image with a new logo and a new website, including a web shop.

    The new logo is a redesign of the old one from the 1930s and 1940s, based on the handwriting of Miggi, the grand or great-grand aunt of the current managing directors. This eflects the combination of tradition and modernity, as well as the loving craftsmanship that has always gone into our products.

  • 2019

  • 2020

  • 2014

    Dominik, Alexandra and Philippe Brändli, the 5th generation of the Brändli family, join the board of administration and management. Thus the great, great grandchildren of founders Arnold and Anna Brändli now have the reponsibility for the Swiss family business, together with Mark Brändli. The daily business will continue to be conducted by Rita and Mark Brändli.

    Andreas Gehring and Katharina Hagenauer have resigned after 20 years on the board, Nik Brändli after 11 years.

    Cooperation with the independent company Brändli Basel, founded by Ernst Brändli’s brother Hans and his wife in 1935, has been re-established. We supply each other with our core products.

    The current management team. From left to right: Mark, Alexandra, Rita, Philippe and Dominik Brändli.

  • 2013

    Opening of an outside café in Olten.

  • 2005

    Opening of the new, larger sales outlet with Tea Room in the Kirchgasse, Olten

  • 2004

    Expansion of production premises. Move from Bahnhofstrasse to Mühlemattstrasse in Aarau.

  • 2003

    Death of Esther Gehring-Brändli. Transfer of the business to the 4th generation. Nik and Mark Brändli, great grandchildren of founders Arnold and Anna, and their wives José and Rita, run the business.

  • 1995

    Andreas Gehring and Peter Isler, both great grandchildren of the founders, together with Katharina Hagenauer and Max Bucher form the new board of administration. Mario Monaco takes over the management.

  • 1978

    The business premises in the Bahnhofstrasse Aarau are renovated.

    H M Queen Mother talking to the papal nuncio Dr. Heim. The Queen Mum was a loyal customer of our house for many years. As can be seen our Brändli Bombs were served generously for the royal afternoon tea.

  • 1973

    Death of Martha Brändli. The business is taken over by the 3rd generation. Another woman plays a formative role over 3 decades: Esther Gehring-Brändli. She too was widowed early and a single parent of 3 boys while managing the business.

    Esther Gehring-Brändli

  • 1961

    Opening of the 2nd branch in the Vorderen Vorstadt in Aarau.

    Home delivery in 1960

  • 1958

    Peter Brändli, the grandfather of the 5th generation, runs the business together with his mother Martha and is the driving force behind many innovations and expansion.

    Opening of the first branch in Olten on Baslerstrasse.

    Peter Brändli

  • 1955

    Launching of Petits Feux, a delicately melting chocolate composition.

  • 1942

    The origin of our Tea Room in Aarau. Martha Brändli turns the coffee lounge on the first floor into a modern British-style Tea Room.

    Today's headquarters around 1940

  • 1939

    Death of Ernst Brändli at the early age of 42. His wife Martha manages the company with around 25 employees, vigilantly and with innovative energy for the next 3 decades and brings up 3 children at the same time.

    Production personnel and sales assistant around 1930

  • 1924

    The invention of the Brändli Bombe: a chocolate speciality with marzipan and almond splinters. The Brändli Bombe becomes a symbol of relish and quality from the House of Brändli which becomes renowned far outside the region.

    The legendary Brändli Bombe

    Ernst and Martha Brändli-Margot

  • 1922

    Ernst and his wife Martha acquire the premises of today’s headquarters in the Bahnhofstrasse, Aarau, to open a confectionary and cake shop with coffee lounge.

    Today’s headquarters around 1920

    Sales personnel around 1920

  • 1918

    The eldest son Ernst takes over the firm. More emphasis is placed on producing confectionary and chocolate products.

  • 1904

    Move to the upcoming Gönhard quarter of Aarau. Arnold and Anna place the foundation stone for their future success with their modern bakery and win major customers with the cantonal hospital and the army barracks in Aarau.

  • 1902

    Relocation of the business to Aarau. The Brändli family take over an existing bakery in the Oberen Vorstadt.

  • 1893

    Our family tradition begins: Arnold und Anna Brändli, the great and great, great grandparents of today’s management board, open a bakery with inn in Lenzburg.

    The founders Arnold and Anna Brändli-Ehrismann