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Best Chocolate Tours Around The World

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August 21, 2017 / International / By
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Hello our dear chocolate lovers, we hope you are well and ready to join us on a chocolate adventure. Your trip to chocolate land will be virtual this time but, if one (or more) of these chocolate tours sound good to you, we hope you will get the chance to explore the world of chocolate in real life as soon as possible. There are numerous thing you can discover if decide to join one of the best chocolate tours around the world – from discovering new and amazing flavors of chocolate during chocolate tastings to find out more about the production of chocolate while visiting a chocolate factory and learning the fascinating history of your favorite sweet treat.

There are numerous chocolate tours around the world but we decided to focus on some of the best cities and countries that offer you the opportunity to transform your chocolate infused dream into reality.

Brussels, Belgium

Our first stop on our chocolate map is Brussels. The capital of Belgium offers numerous opportunities to chocolate lovers. Most tourists prefer to go on a guided walking tour that allows them to discover some secret and exclusive chocolate boutiques in the city. Visiting these boutiques and shops also means getting the chance to sample pralines, truffles and other amazing chocolate specialties. While walking around the city in search of the chocolate treasure, you will be able to admire the city’s architecture and to learn more about chocolate legends.

If you visit Brussels for a chocolate adventure, you should also enroll in a chocolate-making class where you will be able to learn the secrets of Belgian chocolate, to see a chocolate demonstrations and to go home with your very own chocolate creation.

Broc, Switzerland

Switzerland is renowned worldwide for its amazing chocolate and we think that is a direct consequence of the country’s citizens’ love for chocolate. The average Switzerland resident consumes around 9 kilograms of chocolate per year and that makes Switzerland one of the top chocolate consumers in the world. Also, this allows Switzerland to have chocolate tourism, especially during summer months when tourists can take the Chocolate Train and arrive at La Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory. During a visit to the factory, tourists learn about the history of chocolate (from the Aztec cocoa ceremonies to modern day chocolate technologies), they walk through the factory learning about the production (including learning and seeing roasted cocoa beans) and, of course, sample some of the best chocolate treats.

La Maison Cailler also hosts an Atelier du Chocolat where both children and adults can work with renowned chocolatiers to create their very own chocolate. During the workshop, those who are interested can learn the art of ganache making and can also receive tips about tempering chocolate.

Paris, France

We cannot talk about chocolate without talking about Paris and the city’s chocolate tours. During a Parisian chocolate tour, you, and all the other chocolate lovers that will join the tour will discover the French art of making chocolate while visiting top rated chocolate boutiques and artisan chocolate shops, sampling chocolate bars, cookies, and truffles. Extra bonus points for elegant 1st arrondissement you will discover while walking from chocolate boutique to chocolate boutique.

If you are in Paris and a chocolate walking tour is not enough to satisfy your curiosity about French chocolate, you can visit the Gourmet Chocolate Museum. We mention that Switzerland’s La Maison Cailler teaches tourists everything about chocolate from the Aztec cocoa ceremonies to the modern day chocolate technologies and techniques and the same thing does the Gourmet Museum of Chocolate from Paris does for its visitors. The 4000 years history of chocolate won’t be a mystery anymore and, if you want to share your experience with your friends from home, you can purchase books, chocolate treats, and souvenirs from the museum’s shop.

Turin, Italy

Our last European stop for chocolate tours in Turin, Italy. The northern Italian city gives tourists the opportunity to discover Italy’s best chocolate during and informative guided chocolate tour. Turin’s love affair with chocolate can be traced back to the 18th century. There are numerous old chocolate shops and pastry shops tourists can explore while they are in the city. Besides sampling the products, the tourists who embark on the chocolate tour will get the chance to talk to some of the chocolate shop owners and to learn the Italian chocolate secrets from them while listening to amazing stories.

Peru

Unlike Belgium, Switzerland France, and Italy, Peru not only produces chocolate but also it also grows cocoa beans. The country is home to Pure National, one of the rarest cocoa beans in the world that was considered extinct until a few years ago. The rediscovery of this rare cocoa bean opened the door to chocolate tourism in the country. The chocolate museum, Choco Museo, is the place where tourists can learn about the chocolate history in America. However, since Peru has cocoa plantations, chocolate tourism in Peru means more than visiting chocolate shops and museums, tourists can visit the cocoa plantations and a chocolate factory situated in the Peruvian jungle.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is another country that brings chocolate tourism to a whole new level. The country offers tourists the opportunity to embark on a rainforest chocolate tour that includes harvesting and grinding coffee beans. There are also various chocolate factory tours and chocolate tastings available for those who want to discover the process of making chocolate and to taste the local specialties.

The tasting tours alone are a learning experience for tourists since, during these hours long or weekend long tours, tourists get the opportunity to meet some of the best chocolatiers that live in Costa Rica and can sample some unique chocolate produced in the country. Also, those who want to learn how to make chocolate have numerous master class workshops they can try. During these workshops, students learn how to make chocolate drinks and chocolate treats while learning about chocolate art from the experts.

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong is not the first things that go through someone’s mind when they think about chocolate tours, however, during February, the Harbour City Mall transform itself into a veritable chocolate wonderland. From cocoa trees to live demonstrations from renowned chocolatiers to the opportunity to test some chocolate from countries with a rich chocolate history such as Belgium, France, and Italy, there are numerous things chocolate lovers can do during these weeks.

The Chocolate Trail is another chocolate experience Hong Kong offers and it involves workshops, including a workshop that teaches you how to pair Chinese tea with chocolate and visiting confectionery shops.  

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