10 oh-so-chocolicious places that must be visited by Chocolate lovers
In Life you can’t buy happiness, but you can buy chocolate and that’s saying something– this quote is probably the motto of all the chocolate lovers. Chocolate has been spreading smiles and kisses throughout its history. Over chocolate, a chef has built his magnificent recipe, two lovers are united, friendships are formed and happiness is shared. Need I explain more why chocolates are so precious?
If you are one of these loyal devotees of chocolate, then the following list is about to get exciting. Get ready to indulge in some of these delectable chocolate capitals of the world which have a long history of providing mouth-watering chocolate delicacies:
#1 Brussels, Belgium
Brussels – also known as chocoholic’s place of worship, is filled with streets and streets of sinful chocolate temptations. The people of Brussels take their chocolate very seriously; which is why you see talented chocolatiers at every corner. From soft, crumbly truffles to crunchy pralines to smooth, melt in your mouth chocolates, Brussels has rightfully earned its place in a chocoholic’s heart.
#2 Tain L’hermitage, France
The people of France are known for their love – and rightfully does Tain L’hermitage serve this purpose in the form of chocolates. A small town in the Rhone valley of France, it is the home for one of world’s best chocolate factory – Valrhona. If Brussels was a chocoholic’s paradise, then Valrhona is a chocolatier’s, thanks to their school which teaches the chefs in a commercialized kitchen environment.
#3 Oaxaca, Mexico
Oaxaca boasts of the world pioneer chocolatiers, the Mesoamericans. This explains why chocolate is such a vital part of their day-to-day lives as well as their culture. Oaxaca provides a chance of tasting some of the indigenous family recipes made of chocolate which have become very popular worldwide. After all, anything tastes good, if it has chocolate in it and the people of Oaxaca seem to provide this statement its justice.
#4 Zurich, Switzerland
One cannot spell Switzerland without milk chocolate (and Toblerone) and Zurich is the heart of this Choco-capital. Land of some of the big names in the chocolate industry like Lindt, Teuscher and Sprungli, Zurich is surrounded by the sweet smell of chocolate in the air. The cherry on top is definitely the ‘the Swiss chocolate train’ which departs from Montreux, makes a stop in Gruyeres and finally halts at Broc.
#5 London, England
For an elegant chocolate treat, a stop at London is recommendable. Grand, artistic boutiques like Paul A Young, Rococo, and Hotel Chocolat will only add to your marvel as you relish your Choco treat made of only the finest and freshest ingredients. Let us not forget the legendary Birmingham Cadbury Chocolate factory which is sure to make you squeal in delight.
#6 New York, NY
The best thing about the chocolates in New York is that you get to taste all kinds of chocolates from all around the world. Some authentic, some experimental, the connoisseurs of chocolate are sure to be in awe at the very number of varieties in chocolate treats that are available. Bonus – take the New Cuisine Chocolate tour or the Luxury Chocolate Tour to learn about your favourite food as you sneak in some of the sample treats.
#7 Tuscany, Italy
The chocolate valley. Sounds Heavenly doesn’t it? Situated between Florence, Pisa and Montecatini, this valley is enchanted in the aroma of cocoa. With cute little gourmet shops adorning each side, Tuscany is definitely a place to taste some of the best dark chocolate on this planet. If this isn’t already making you pack your bags to shoot off to Italy, then I don’t know what will.
#8 Cologne, Germany
Cologne is the chocolate capital of Germany. It is the home for ‘Stollwerck chocolate’ factory, which once upon a time was the second largest provider of chocolates to USA. The Stollwerck museum is popularly known as the chocolate museum, which consists of exciting chocolate exhibits and a chocolate fountain to match that in the Charlie and the chocolate factory.
#9 Villajoyosa, Spain
Home to the master chocolatiers of Valor chocolate factory, Villajoyosa is rightly called the ‘chocolate city’. With an impressive history of chocolates from 18th century, the very ambience of this place screams chocolate. It also has a nice chocolate museum which explains how the local faves are made. And while you are at it, do not forget to taste the godly combination of Churros and chocolate – a match made in heaven.
#10 Barcelona, Spain
If you thought that Villajoyosa was a paradise, wait till you hear about Barcelona. Barcelona boasts of the first ever chocolate machine. The Spanish were the first Europeans to taste chocolate which were brought from South America, and they have been avid lovers of chocolate ever since. The chocolate museum Museu De La Xocolata consists of artistic chocolate sculptures, which may or may not tempt you to bite an arm off.