People choose travel destinations for a variety of reasons. This includes the weather, occasion, financial incentives, special events, convenience, and nostalgia among others. However, this time we’ll introduce you to chocolate tourism. Travelers seeking out famous chocolatiers, cocoa farms, museums, and more just to learn more about the history and production of the delicious treat. Well, aside from that, to indulge and satisfy their addiction.
Here are 5 travel destinations perfect for chocolate lovers:
Panny’s makes the finest and most delectable treats with more than 190 different varieties. Although cacao dominated, it also includes delectable as a choco dipped bananas, rocky roads, Turkish delight, and ginger. Visiting Panny’s Amazing World of Chocolate will allow tourists to see the educational exhibition on cocoa production.
Aside from that, you could see the two-meter cacao statue of Michaelangelo’s David, a 12-thousand piece chocolate mosaic of Dame Edna Everage, and a village complete with working trains and an amazing spinning Zoetrope. Located in Melbourne, children under four years are free to enter.
Theo Factory Experience
Theo Chocolate sources their cocoa beans directly and turn them into delicious chocolate. Visiting their factory means tasting your way through the cocoa form to the chocolate bar journey with an interactive experience at their factory in Seattle. During an hour-long experience, you can discover the origins of the cacao and how they craft their products from scratch.
Aside from that, you could learn about the close partnerships that they have cultivated with the farmers that they source cocoa from. Of course, the whole experience will end with a tasting where you can indulge in a wide range of treats. Located in Seattle, the factory has other activities that remain a one-of-a-kind experience.
Maison Cailler, a real Swiss Chocolate Factory, exclusively uses Swiss sugar as well as fresh alpine milk in their chocolates. Visiting their chocolate factory in Brox meant meeting chocolatiers, and creating your own chocolates at their workshops. Visitors can also learn about their process through an interactive and multi-sensory experience that could even uncover some secrets along the way.
Aside from that, an hour-long tour will lead you through the history of chocolate from Aztec cocoa ceremonies to the innovations that we taste today. You can also discover how they use exquisite cocoa beans and high-quality ingredients to make the finest creations. Located in Switzerland, you can indulge your palate during a chocolate tasting.
Hotel Chocolat first opened in 2004, starting a revolution of British chocolate with two entrepreneurs trying to make chocolate an exciting concept again. With more than a hundred shops, cafés, and restaurants, they continue to strive to be fresh, creative, and innovative. Visiting Hotel Chocolat meant seeing cocoa plantation and a boutique hideaway.
Aside from being housed in a peaceful atmosphere, there are also activities that suit those looking to unwind. This includes the Tree-to-Bar Experience where an experienced chocolatier takes you to an exclusive opportunity to discover cocoa, as well as create your own chocolate. Located in Saint Lucia, Hotel Chocolat allows children in their experiences but they are not allowed to run around the steep inclines and rocks.
Perugina School of Chocolate
Perugina School of Chocolate becomes a world of chocolate and emotions. The school invites anyone who wishes to gain more knowledge from master chocolatiers and the secrets on how to perfect a bar of chocolate. Visiting the Perugina School of Chocolate meant attending the school’s courses and taking their sweet creations.
Aside from that, you can also visit the Historical Museum of Chocolate and Factory. Of course, this will lead you through the history of the company, the evolution of its precious products, starting from the land producing it, and creating masterpieces. Located in Italy, you could create experience products like Perugina Baci, Easter eggs, bars, and many others.