You are a chocolate lover or simply have a sweet tooth? Get ready for World Chocolate Day with the best chocolate destinations around the world that will leave you irresistible indulgence.
As a cacao-based sweet treat with unmistakably rich flavor, chocolate is not only one of the most delicious and versatile foods but also packs loads of health benefits. Chocoholics everywhere are celebrating World Chocolate Day observed on July 7th by taking a bite of favorite chocolate, trying various flavors and making themselves yummy chocolate-based treats, or traveling to the best chocolate destinations for fantastic experiences. Check out these sweetest destinations for chocoholics to get ready for a meaningful holiday.
Dubbed as ‘Chocolate Capital of the World’, Brussels – the capital of Belgium is a must for anyone with a sweet tooth. The city is filled with many chocolate shops that there are more chocolatiers per square foot than any other city in the world. Brussels is also home to Godiva and Leonidas – two of the largest chocolate companies on the planet. Visiting Brussels, do not miss the Musee du Cocao et du Chocolate (Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate) where you can learn about the whole history of this delectable thing and its development over the years. As a favorite spot of the Belgian Royal Family since 1942, Chocolaterie Mary which is founded in 1919, is another not-to-be-missed spot as the grande dame of Belgian chocolate. You can take a guided chocolate tour and learn about the chocolate-making process.
Aside from having a good reputation for its picturesque vineyards, Tuscany, Italy also intrigues chocoholics with the Chocolate Valley – a triangle formed between Florence, Pisa, and Montecatini. This picturesque countryside of rolling hills is dotted with a number of gourmet shops and small factories dedicated to chocolate. If you want to relish some of the most delicious chocolates on earth, Vestri is ideal to visit. Be sure to try the dark chocolates and Sicilian orange gelato that will definitely give you unforgettable tastes. Other popular chocolatiers including Slitti and Amedei are also worth a try on your Tuscany trip. For a unique chocolate experience, you can attend the annual handmade chocolate fair taking place during the first two weeks of February where you will be intoxicated by the exotic aroma of chocolates and the rich taste of cocoa.
Known as the chocolate hub of Germany, Cologne is home to the Stollwerk Chocolate Company, which is the second-largest supplier of chocolates to the United States. This company was transformed into a well-developed interactive museum highlighting the history of this sweet treat. Take a toothsome tour of the museum to admire a giant chocolate fountain, interactive exhibits, and samples, try some of the delicious and exotic chocolates, and do not forget to carry back home some delicious souvenirs.
Bringing back chocolate from South America to Europe for the very first time, the Spanish make Barcelona a famous destination for chocolate lovers ever since. With its first chocolate-making machine invented in the year 1780, the city takes pride in holding a long history of this sweet treat. Traveling to the city, you will have the opportunity to explore, learn about cocoa and admire some incredible chocolate sculptures at Museu De La Xocolata – a famous chocolate museum of the city. Besides, various activities like chocolate tasting and chocolate painting are also awe-inspiring on your trip to Barcelona.
HERSHEY, PENNSYLVANIA, USA
Situated in the east of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Hershey is dubbed as the ‘sweetest place on earth that is worth a visit for big fans of chocolate. In this chocolate heaven, you can go on a tasting adventure and even create your own candy at Hershey’s Chocolate World, visit the Hershey Story Museum that chronicles the community’s creation as a model town for the workers at Milton Hershey’s chocolate factory. Do not forget to take a rest in Hotel Hershey and enjoy a luxurious whipped cocoa bath, get chocolate bean polish, or order up a chocolate fondue wrap at The Chocolate Spa in the official resort of Hersheypark. In addition, the many rides and roller coasters at Hersheypark will definitely make your holiday more interesting and fantastic.