Some of us belong to this one clan. A clan which shares a common weakness and strength. We call ourselves the Chocoholics. Our one weakness and strength is the all mighty Chocolate. It makes us go weak in the knees and also lifts us up when we are low. Sometimes we face a tricky situation, in pursuit of our one goal. Where shall we go so that we may be able to experience the magic of chocolate fully?
Well, once you have been through this list here, you’d already be packing your bags.
Here we go!
- Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
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So, when a city is not actually a city, but a model town for the workers of a chocolate factory, you’ve got to know that’s epic! The complete family entertainment hangout includes fabulous rides where your kids can frolic, while you treat yourself to the chocolate spa. Realising everyone’s dream to visit the world created by Willy Wonka, Hershey’s Chocolate World lets you see how chocolate is made, taste what you like and even make your own candy! Basically, if you are a chocoholic, your paradise would pretty much look like the Hersheypark, with its official Hershey resort where you can live all your chocolate fantasies and more! The ‘Sweetest place on Earth’ indeed!
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Did you know that the Belgian Post Office has issued five stamps that smell and taste like chocolate? Now a county that is THAT crazy about its national delicacy, deserves to make it to your list, doesn’t it? Head to the ‘Chocolate capital of the World’ where you can take a guided chocolate tour at the La Maison Chocolat or attend a chocolate making class with one of Belgium’s master chocolatiers. Oh and did you know… Brussels is filled with chocolate shops and has more chocolatiers per square foot than any other city across the globe? So join the Belgians and your sweet tooth to celebrate the festival that is chocolate!
- Kilchberg and Zurich, Switzerland
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Kilchberg houses the factory of Lindt, one of the most well known chocolate brands of the world. You could take a tour of the factory and see chocolate being made and packaged and afterwards go through the street stores for great discounts on chocolates! If you are a milk chocolate fanatic, then there isn’t a better place than Zurich, it being the birthplace of milk chocolates. Here, you can visit Bahnhofstrasse for a fabulous adventure, where you can find some of the best chocolatiers of the world alongside brands like Chanel, Armani and the like! You could also stroll the streets of Zurich for the smaller but equally fabulous chocolate shops.
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Cologne offers not only chocolate for your taste buds, but is the place you need to visit if you want to know chocolate in all its glory! Flanked by the Rhine riverside, sits the Imhoff-Stollwerck Museum, or, locally known as, The Chocolate Museum of Cologne. Starting as an exhibit to celebrate 150 years of Stollwerck Chocolate, its immense popularity made the owners convert it to a museum, depicting the journey of chocolate from cultivation of the cacao plant to the finished product. The museum also houses a chocolate fountain and a samples section. Must visit for every chocoholic!
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You probably didn’t expect to see New York on this list, given that its only known for its posh and swank, but we mean it, if you are forever in love with chocolate, you need to plan a trip to NYC too! The city is home to chocolatiers from all over the world, with an array of tastes and styles to choose from. One of the coolest things to do here is to take the New York City Luxury Chocolate Tour, where you will be able to taste samples from some of the finest shops around the city and get to know the history of some of the most famous chocolate establishments of the world. Also, DO NOT miss the Jacques Torres Chocolat, cause every item on their delectable menu is a must try!
- Tabasco and Oaxaca, Mexico
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The air in Oaxaca is intoxicated with the smell of the perfect hot chocolate wafting wherever you go! This is THE place to go to for a hot chocolate. Head to Mina ‘Sweet’ street and get drunk on this heavenly blend of pure perfection. Another chocolate attraction in Mexico is Tabasco, where you will find a large assortment of styles and tastes of chocolate. You could also take a guided tour of the cocoa farms and watch chocolate being made. The uniqueness of this region’s chocolate is that recipes of chocolate are traditional as they are sacred, passed down from generation to generation and often guarded as a cherished secret! Isn’t that sweet?
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Home of the first ever chocolate making machine, the Spanish love affair with chocolate is a rumour we have all heard. Well, guess what, this love affair is for all to indulge in! Visit the city of Barcelona, for some of the finest experiments chocolate has ever undergone. Their Churros and chocolate will leave you craving for more and so will the absolute cracker of their chocolate croissant! If you would like to taste more, head to Cacao Sampaka for their lip smacking sweet and spicy hot chocolate. You won’t be disappointed.
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Okay first things first, if you are reading this and are a chocoholic, book your tickets to Paris this October because 2015 is the year for the world’s largest consumer chocolate show, held in conjunction with the World Chocolate Master Championships! This is something that you must experience with the rest of you family and fellow chocoholics. Right then, getting to Paris, which is a haven for chocolate lovers. The city is famous for its Dark Magic, and you will find countless chocolatiers and pretty chocolate boutiques that deal magnificently with dark chocolate, using high quality ingredients and original recipes. Treat yourself to the most indulgent chocolates here in the City of Love.
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Surprising as it may seem, St. Lucia is indeed one of the lesser known attractions for chocolate aficionados, housing some of the most decadent chocolate resorts and hotels. Some hotels even have a specialised chocolate cuisine which is designed to give you a taste of chocolate from all over the world. St. Lucia may have many other reasons to draw you to it, but chocolate is a top choice.
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London is one of the more commonly known chocolate attractions of the world and rightfully so, although when here, we would rather look than gobble. The land of the Old Smoke is brimming with a sprinkling of chocolatiers that excel at creating art out of the delicacy. Some of the most sought after chocolates boutiques are the Paul A Young, Rococo and Hotel Chocolat, where you will find chocolatiers forgoing slightly older methods of tempering chocolate with chemicals and artificial ingredients and using fresh, local produce to balance and bring out some of the most wondrous flavours in chocolate.
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What most people do not know about the extremely picturesque Tuscany is that other than its fabulous wines, it’s a must visit for any chocolate enthusiast. What with its tiny chocolate gourmets dotting the countryside and some of the most fantastic walk through tours where you can sample and delight in the locally produced chocolate that will leave you craving for more. Do not miss the Slitti, located in the spa resort of Monsummano Terme and Amedei in the tiny hamlet of Cascina.
Right then, we know you need to leave for one of these places straight away, but take a few minutes and go through our website, where you can pre-order wonderfully decadent chocolates from the Swiss and Belgian masters, so that they may keep you company all through your time away! Go here and take a dekko.