A chocolate lover’s guide to the best in the world
Get your sweet tooth in gear and follow the chocolate
Home to some of the most famous chocolatiers in the world, Belgium’s acclaimed ‘master of chocolate’ title is all thanks to a Swiss (ironic) apocathery called Jean Neuhaus. Jean used to cover his medicine in chocolate in order to mask its unpleasant flavor, genius.
In 1912, Jean Neuhaus Jr. replaced medicine with cream creating the Belgian praline was born. It’s still one of the most popular types of chocolate around today! You can visit a Neuhaus store for a taste of Belgian’s most luxurious chocolates.
Explore Brussels and visit a Neuhaus store on Best of Holland, Belgium and Luxemborg.
Hershey’s Chocolate World, United States
Hershey’s in Pennsylvania provides a fun, experiential tour through the world of chocolate. From the cacao farms of West Africa to the dairy farms of Pennsylvania, Hershey’s Chocolate World offers its guests a delicious experience.
There you can learn about the Hershey chocolate making process while sampling the fare. You can also create your own chocolate bar and even design a unique wrapper.
Visit Hershey’s Chocolate World on the Pilgrims and Patriots.
San Isidro de Heredia, Costa Rica
Within Costa Rica’s lush countryside lies San Isidro de Heredia, where the nation’s chocolate heritage is embraced by master chocolatiers Julio and George of Sibu Chocolate. Having trained at L’Ecole Chocolat in Canada and L’Ecole du Gran Chocolate in France, the two chocolatiers are experts in their craft, and they’re willing to share their expertise through chocolate tastings and tours. Learn about the history of this beautiful country on a tour that takes you from Pre-Columbian Costa Rica to present day, all the while sipping on indigenous hot chocolate.
Visit San Isidro de Heredia on the Costa Rica Eco Adventure.
Bariloche in Patagonia, known as the Switzerland of South America, has a notable connection to chocolate. While touring the Chocolate Museum you will learn about its Mayan and Aztec roots, as well as this region’s connection to confectionery. You can also watch the production process and sample a few treats.
Visit Bariloche on Icons of South America
Churros are a favorite sweet in Spain. The sugary, sometimes spicy street food consists of fried dough typically dipped in a rich, delicious chocolate sauce. Head to Madrid’s oldest chocolateria for an indulgent churro tasting session, you’re on holiday remember!
Visit the churro capital of Spain on Spanish Wonder.
Hunter Valley Chocolate Company, Australia
This postcard pretty wine region outside Sydney, Hunter Valley Chocolate Company specializes in handmade artisan chocolate and fudge. There are three locations to visit within the valley. The most immersive experience happens at the Twenty-3-Twenty Chocolate and Fudge Factory. Visit Hunter Valley on the Sydney’s Food and Wine Discovery.