Confessions of a touring Chocoholic – 3 chocolatey destinations

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Sometimes, serious cocoa therapy is in order and these 3 chocolatey destinations are good places to start

“Life [is] like a box of chocolates…. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

With respect Mr Gump, we must disagree with your momma. See, the thing is, when it comes to chocolate we do know what we’re gonna get – happiness … every time.

But sometimes a bar or a box (even one as luscious as the box in our featured image by janineomg) isn’t a fix. Sometimes, serious cocoa therapy is in order. In just such cases, we find it best to seek out a professional chocolatier. These 3 chocolatey destinations make a good place to start.

Le Chocolatier Manon
Photo courtesy of Le Chocolatier Manon

See why Belgium is renowned for chocolate making – tour Le Chocolatier Manon’s factory

Le Chocolatier Manon has been decorated as the world’s best chocolate maker five times in the past 30 years. Visitors to the factory in Brussels can watch a one-and-a-half hour demonstration on their handicraft (cost is €12).

Slurp the world’s best hot chocolate – in Turin or Perugia (Italy)

Italy’s famous for serving its hot chocolate nice and thick. You can find it in many a café or geletaria around the country, but for our money it’s always best in Italy’s two major chocolate producing towns – Turin and Perugia. Mind you, the hot chocolate served at Café Angelina in Paris is pretty darn good too.

Stay on a working chocolate plantation – Hotel Chocolat, Saint Lucia

Luxury isn’t the only draw at this retreat. The hotel’s situated in the middle of a cocoa plantation. More than that, chocolate is made on the estate – it’s so good that it sells all around the world. The cocoa connection doesn’t end there – the hotel’s spa has a number of treatments oriented around the cocoa bean’s rejuvenating qualities (antioxidants and minerals).

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Confessions of a touring Chocoholic – 3 chocolatey destinations was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (523 posts)

Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to