The love for chocolate has no borders. Everyone knows that the sweet, rich, and oh-so-delicious treat can be enjoyed everywhere in the world – but not all chocolates are created equal. From Hershey, Pennsylvania, to Brussels, Belgium, we’ve put together a list of the top twelve places to satisfy your sweet tooth.
1. Brussels, Belgium
With Brussels being the birthplace of Godiva and Leonidas, it’s no wonder this city is world-famous for its chocolates. Visit Neuhaus, one of Belgium’s most famous chocolatiers, established in 1857. If you want to explore all things chocolate, take a trip to the Belgian Chocolate Village, offering history lessons and chocolate-making classes. From pralines to truffles, you’ll never want to leave this city.
2. Oaxaca, Mexico
Also known as the city of chocolate and the culinary capital of Mexico. Oaxaca was stationed along an ancient trading route, making it the hub for chocolate production and business. While here, try Oaxacan mole, a savory and sweet sauce made with Mexican chocolate, best served with enmoladas, rice and beans, or chicken. If you’re in search of a unique and authentic Oaxacan chocolate experience, check out the Tasting of Seven Moles hosted by Oswaldo, a professional chef and local restaurant owner.
3. Hershey, Pennsylvania
Home of the Hersey Company and H.B. Reese Candy Company, this town is sometimes referred to as “the sweetest place on Earth.” Don’t forget to visit Hersheypark, where you can create a custom Hershey’s chocolate bar at Hershey’s Chocolate World.
4. Zurich, Switzerland
There really is nothing better than Swiss chocolate, especially from the city where milk chocolate was invented. Be sure to schedule a chocolate tour at the Lindt Home of Chocolate or take a chocolate course while there so you can make, and take home, your own custom sweet masterpiece.
5. Cologne, Germany
Want to experience the real-life Charlie And The Chocolate Factory? Look no further. Cologne is home to the Schokoladen Museum, which offers a gigantic chocolate fountain and many delicious samples.
6. San Francisco, California
San Francisco is not just “The City by the Bay,” it’s also home to the oldest chocolate factory in the United States. Ghirardelli was founded there in 1852 and the historic Ghirardelli Square has become an iconic landmark of San Francisco. The square offers unique shops showcasing Ghirardelli chocolate in many ways. Before you leave, make sure to try the World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae, featuring fresh hot fudge made daily.
7. Tuscany, Italy
The Chocolate Valley is a triangle formed between Pisa, Pistoia, and Prato territories. Not only is it beautiful, but it also happens to be filled with gourmet chocolate shops selling some of the most delicious chocolate in the world. If you’re looking for organic treats, visit Casa Tuscani in Uzzano, where they have started the organic chocolate factory project.
8. Paris, France
Of course, one of the most gourmet cities in the world had to make the list. No matter where you look in Paris, you can find an extravagant chocolate store offering unique delights. Try Angelina Paris, a legendary 1903 tea room where you can enjoy some of the best Parisian hot chocolate with a side of fresh macaroons.
9. New York, New York
New York City is the melting pot of chocolate. Chocolatiers have come from all over the world to open stores in the city – from Jacques Torres Chocolate in Brooklyn to Kee’s Chocolates on the Upper West Side. Have young kiddos? Stop in Times Square to visit M&M’s World, where they can create custom M&Ms with their picture on them!
10. St. Lucia
A Caribbean island that’s also a popular tourist destination for chocolate lovers? Yep, you heard us right. Around St. Lucia, there are many cocoa farms and some chocolate-themed hotels throughout the island. One is Robot Hotel which sits on Hotel Chocolat’s working cacao farm and offers immersive chocolate experiences like chocolate and rum tasting.
11. Barcelona, Spain
Churros dipped in chocolate are a must-try while visiting Barcelona. Make sure to also visit the famous Museu de la Xocolata, where you will learn all about the history of chocolate making. It wouldn’t be a trip to Barcelona without stopping in at Fargas, one of the city’s oldest chocolate shops, where they use the same grinder from 1827 to mill their chocolate.
12. Birmingham, England
The hometown of John Cadbury, a.k.a the man who created the brand Cadbury. You can’t leave here without visiting Cadbury World where you can learn about the history of the brand while shopping in the world’s largest Cadbury store.
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