8 Great Places To Go For The Choco-holic Traveler
We all like to indulge our sweet tooth every now and then but there are some that really enjoy the sweeter side of life and have a real craving for their chocolate fix. But what can these choco fans do when on vacation? Where can they get the best and what is there to see and do? Here we catalog 8 of the best places for any chocoholic to visit including Cadbury World in Bourneville, UK. Bourneville is a purpose made village that was built in the 19th century by the Cadbury family so they could provide high-quality housing for their factory workers. Quaint and beautiful, it is just on the outskirts of Birmingham but does also include the Cadbury factory, a company who probably has a chocolate bar in every supermarket, corner shop and newsagents in the country.
Of course, you can try out new flavors, treats and sweets that you'll find nowhere else in the world at the factory as well as seeing, hearing, smelling and tasting all about its history and how it is made.
Eurochocolate - Perugia, Italy
Between the 14th and 23rd of October, the city of Perugia hosts a massive chocolate festival where you can peruse the stalls for unique flavors and styles from all across the globe.
It's not all about tasting though as you can get a chocolate sculpture haircut, try cooking lessons with the gooey food or check out the stunning chocolate sculptures.
The Side Streets of Malaga - Malaga, Spain
When you think of the European chocolate scene, you don't often think of Spain but this is folly for any true chocolate lover.The cafes of the city serve up a thick, dark drinking chocolate that is rich and deep and a world away from the frothy stuff you may be used to.
Street vendors will often sell churros with a dipping pot of this heavy and indulgent sauce to go by its side.
Luxury Belgian Chocolates - Brussels, Belgium
Belgian chocolates are the height of luxury in the world of sweet, edible treats and head to any tourist shop in the capital and they will sell all of the big name brands. For a truly magisterial experience, however, head for the independent artisanal shops in places like Rue Royale where you can get some of the finest hand-made truffles from beans sourced by the chocolatiers themselves.
You can also go on chocolate tours of the city which will take you to some of the best spots around.
Take A Cacao Tour - Oreba, Bocas Del Toro, Panama
In the forests of Central America, you will find some of the finest Cacao farms in the world where the beans that make chocolate are grown (and sometimes processed). Tours of many of these farms are fairly easy to come by where you will be taken through the trees, shown the pants and the beans they come from and how they grow.
It is really for the chocoholic who want's to know where they're fix is actually coming from and is a fascinating experience. You can, of course, buy some chocolate at the end of the tour.
Take A Chocolate Making Workshop - UK
Divine are a British based fair trade chocolate company who are 44% owned by Kuapa Kokoo, a cooperative of cocoa growers in Ghana. This means that the farmers also make a profit from the sales of chocolate as well as just growing and selling the bean on.
Divine run chocolate making workshops up and down Britain in food fairs and exhibitions as well as being able to book them privately. You can learn how to make truffles, chocolate lollies and array of other choc-tastic treats.
Brush Up On Your Chocolate History - Choco Museo, Cuzco, Peru
In the ancient Incan city of Cuzco, high in the Peruvian Mountains, Choco Museo is just off of the central square and tells the history of how the Mayans discovered and cultivated chocolate right through how it is produced and sold today.
There is also a choco kitchen where workshops and demonstrations take place and you can buy products freshly made, directly from it which are produced using locally grown Cacao beans. They also do a mean coffee that is a bit like rocket fuel, also locally sourced.
Chocolate Spa Treatment - Boucan, St Lucia
Owned by the upmarket chocolate chain Hotel Chocolat, Boucan is a Caribbean hotel that revolves around chocolate. They offer tasting sessions and chocolate making workshops but the piece de resistance is the spa with chocolate based treatments.
The cacao bean is high in antioxidants and can be great for exfoliating your skin or being slathered in it for a massage.