You must have heard about Lovers, eh?? It’s not just about that! There exists a list of it. Nature lover, Food lover, music lover and a lot more, but here we share the love of chocolates. YES, there is another kind of people those are called “Chocolate Lovers”.
Here we have compiled some of the places a chocolate lover would love to visit.
Brussels is a must go for anyone with a sweet tooth. The capital and largest city of Belgium has also been called the “Chocolate Capital of the World.” It’s filled with chocolate shops – in fact, there are more chocolatiers here per square foot than in any other city across the globe. Brussels is also home to two of the biggest chocolate companies on the planet, Godiva and Leonidas. Some of the favorites include Passion Chocolate, Jean Galler, Wittamer and Pierre Marcolini, though you’ll find many lesser-known but at least as good creative, independent chocolate masters too. While you’re here, you won’t want to miss the Musee du Cocao et du Chocolate (Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate) where you can learn about the history of this delectable sweet and how it’s made.
When it comes to chocolate, France also knows how to do it right. As one of the world’s gourmet capitals, it’s probably no surprise that there are more than 300 chocolate shops listed in the Parisian phonebook, including everything from charming independent boutiques to renowned chains and awarded artisan chocolatiers who’ve been recognized around the world for innovation and excellence. Dark chocolate is the specialty here, with the French capital hosting a new breed of chocolatiers noted for making miracles from cocoa beans using high quality ingredients and original recipes. The world’s largest consumer chocolate show, held in conjunction with the World Chocolate Master Championships, takes place here every second year.
Tuscany, Italy: The Chocolate Valley
Tuscany is home to what’s known as The Chocolate Valley, a triangle formed between Florence, Pisa and Montecatini. This picturesque countryside of rolling hills is dotted with many fantastic gourmet shops and small factories dedicated to chocolate. If you’d like a taste in Florence, be sure to visit Vestri for some of the finest chocolate on earth. If you can’t decide what to get, go with the dark chocolate and Sicilian orange gelato. Other legendary chocolatiers include Slitti, located in the spa resort of Monsummano Terme and Amedei in the tiny hamlet of Cascina. If you happen to visit Florence from February 6 to February 15, don’t miss the handmade chocolate fair where you’ll be intoxicated by the smell of chocolate and enjoy taking a trip around the world to the taste of cocoa.
The city takes pride in the fact that the first chocolate making machine was built here back in 1780. It’s also home to Museu De La Xocolata, a chocolate museum where you’ll learn all about cocoa, see some incredible chocolate sculptures and even take part in all sorts of activities, including chocolate tastings and painting with chocolate.
Originally known as Derry Church, Hershey was renamed in 1906 due to the popularity of Hershey chocolate. Today, it’s also known as the “Sweetest Place on Earth.” The Hershey Company and the H.B. Reese Candy Company are both found here. In this chocolate heaven, visitors can taste Hershey’s chocolate at Hershey’s Chocolate World, visit the Hershey Story Museum and stay at Hotel Hershey, the official resort of Hershey park, featuring a chocolate spa where guests can enjoy a luxurious whipped cocoa bath, get chocolate bean polish or order up a chocolate fondue wrap.
New York City, New York
In New York City you can sample chocolates from all corners of the world, along with chocolatiers much diverse group, coming from many different countries and bringing their best recipes for chocolate with them. One of the best ways to sample the incredible variety is to take a chocolate-focused tour. You’ll find the best of the best at Jacques Torres Chocolate, including pain au chocolat (chocolate pastry), while La Maison du Chocolat, one of the city’s premier Parisian chocolatiers, is known for taking chocolate to a luxury commodity.
Villajoyosa, sometimes referred to as “Chocolate City,” with the smell of chocolate permeating the small town, is one of the most historic chocolate destinations. Getting its start importing cocoa beans from Venezuela and Ecuador in the 18th century. Its home to one of the oldest and most prestigious chocolate factories in all of Spain, Valor Chocolate, master chocolatiers since 1881. The factory is housed in a charming 19th century country estate known as a “finca,” and has always been family-run. Valor also invites visitors into their onsite museum, for free, and offers a tour of the premises where you can learn all about the art of chocolate making. Be sure to try their chocolate with churros, an amazing local specialty.
In the world of artisanal chocolate, London may be the most exciting place on earth. A veritable “chocolate revolution” hit England a few years ago when dozens of high-end chocolatiers began producing what many consider to be the world’s very best chocolate. The city prides itself with some of the most exquisite chocolate boutiques, including Paul A Young, Rococo and Hotel Chocolat, which dominate London’s elaborate chocolate scene.
South African chocolate is similar to Swiss chocolate, using many of the same traditions. Lindt, the renowned Switzerland chocolate company, has an official Chocolate Studio in Johannesburg and Cape Town, while Nestle and Cadbury also have factories in Cape Town. The eastern half of the nation accounts for the majority of the country’s chocolate production, with its chocolate market valued at over 450 million dollars and growing. South Africa stands at the forefront of conventional milk chocolate and has become increasingly dedicated to creating sugar-free and lactose-free options, which can be found at Johannesburg’s Coco Tree.
San Francisco, California
The City by the Bay is renowned for its food scene, but it’s also a notable producer of some of the best chocolate in the world as well as home to one of the oldest chocolate factories in the U.S., Ghirardelli. Recchiuti, a confection company that takes pride in using the finest ingredients, such as the freshest lavender available, to create memorable chocolates, is also based here. Don’t miss Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates’ incredibly delicious drinking chocolate or Tartine Bakers chocolate éclair.