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Top 10 chocolate cities on the planet

Posted on October 18, 2010 | Top 108 Comments


Who does not like chocolates on this Earth? Well, it is the favorite of almost everybody right from children to elderly. Okay, now I will tell you when this mouth watering item was found. Are you aware of it? Well, the chocolate was first made in around 1100 B.C. by the Mesoamericans, which still continue to tempt all of us. It would not be wrong to say that the entire planet is in love with this delicacy. Why? Well, just go through the following list of the top 10 chocolate cities. This list is for all those who are chocoholics and would want pack some of these varieties for home.

Zurich

Do you doubt this one? Well, Switzerland is also known for its chocolate varieties besides stunning sight-seeing. In fact, this is the country that boasts the highest rate of chocolate eating per person. This is where the popular brands like Cailler-Nestle, Toblerone, Lindt, Sprungli, and Treuscher stay. You cannot only taste the chocolates here, but can also know how they are made by opting for the ultimate experience on ‘The Swiss Chocolate Train’ – an exciting trip from Montreux to Broc for exploring the Cailler-Nestle factory. Tip: Buy the Lindt chocolates at the factory to get a heavy discount offer.

Toblerone

Brussels

Oh! This is the ‘Chocolate Capital of Earth’. This is true as the entire city is a true chocolate dreamland. Why? Check out for its 16 chocolate museums as well as more than 2000 shops. The city is the home to the two most famous brands of chocolates – Godiva and Leonidas. Do not live city until you taste the pralines, visit the Musee du Cocao et du Chocolate to know how to make chocolates, and explore the Grand Sablon square located in the center of the city.

Godiva

Barcelona

Did you know which European nation first tasted the chocolates? It was Spain and today Barcelona is no less than a hub of chocoholics. Further, in the 18th century, this city gain the proud title to first original chocolate producing machine was built. Well, a tour to this city is always incomplete without a trip to the museum of chocolate – the Museo de La Xocolata where the chocolate heritage is preserved in form of varied chocolate items like hot chocolate and chocolate idols. The home of the Antoni Amatller and Simon Coll brands offers great chocolate shops like Fargas, Chocolates Amatller, Dulcinea, and Chocolate a la Taza.

Museo de La Xocolata

Villajoyosa

One more Spanish city is known as the ‘Chocolate City’. This city has well preserved its history of chocolates that is 200 years old. Did you know that the Valor brand originated here? This brand, for your information, is the most ancient one, which was established in 1881 here. The main highlight here is the visit to the excellent chocolate museum where you will adore the live chocolate history and the process of making chocolates.

Valor chocolate

Tain L’Hermitage

Accessible in no time from Lyon, this French city certainly deserves its name in this list. Why? It is the home of famous chocolate firm called Valrhona. The main chocolate destination here is the Valrhona Ecole du Grand Chocolat, a school where the caterers, chefs, and chocolatiers are trained well to form tempting chocolate recipes. Further, it also offers a three day course to impart knowledge to the laymen about how to make cool deserts. Check out their Web site for these ideal recipes.

Valrhona

Norma

The country in which this chocolaty city resides is Italy that is known for as a notable gastronomic destination. Located at a distance of 50 km from Rome, Norma is just an ideal destination for having fun with chocolates. In fact, your full one day will just go in admiring the Museo del Cioccolato Antica Norba – a museum-cum-excellent factory. Consider lucky if you get a chance to taste some incredible chocolates here. After that, burn your calories by taking a stroll in the adjacent Giardino di Ninfa park. So, combine fun + health for optimal delight. Do you more justification about this city?

Museo del Cioccolato Antica Norba

Oaxaca

This Mesoamerican city is surely a must to visit for all those who are crazy about the chocolates. Here, incredibly, chocolate forms a vital part of their culture and tradition. You will see this while just being on its streets where you will be welcomed with a form of chocolate – pastry or candy. More surprisingly, even in this time of technology, the people of Oaxaca produce chocolates traditionally by implementing the ancient handmade recipes. Do not miss a visit to the street 20 de Noviembre – the home of the largest producers like Moyordomo, La Soledad, and Guelaguetza.

Oaxaca chocolate

San Francisco

America will never disappoint you if you wish to have chocolates. While being in this city, explore its Bay area that is mostly thronged by the chocolate lovers. Why? This is because it is the home of the old American chocolate producer and best chocolate shops in New York. Above all, the must visit place here is the Ghirardelli Square with a rich chocolate history.

Ghirardelli Square

New York

This is the city of most appealing shops of chocolates. Besides this, the main highlight here is the chocolate tour called the Luxury Chocolate Tour. This is an ideal way to explore the chocolate shop history here. While you are here, do buy some chocolates from the ideal shops like Li-Lat, MarieBelle, and Richart Design et Chocolat. And yes, the most favorite shop is Jacques Torres Chocolate where you get hot chocolate, chocolate pastry, truffles, and chocolate-cloaked almonds.

MarieBelle

Hershey

Welcome to ‘the Sweetest Place of the World’! This is the birthplace of the Hershey chocolates whose craze and popularity gave the town the name of Hershey to replace the older name Derry Church in 1906. The chocolate highlights are the Hershey Story Museum, the Hershey’s Chocolate World, and the Chocolate Spa.

Hershey chocolate

I am sure you would be knowing more such amazing chocolate destinations. Therefore, I humbly request to share some more chocolate destinations on Earth in your comments.

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