If you love chocolate and travel there is a great opportunity to combine these interests! Across the world there are a host of chocolate factories, museums and chocolatiers that are open to the public, giving you the opportunity to discover the secrets of chocolate crafting and find out what goes on behind the scenes in the creation of your favorite treats!
In addition to the three mentioned below it is also worth considering Butlers Chocolate Experience in Dublin and if you prefer the fine European chocolatiers and are having a trip on the continent then Lindt and Sprungli Chocolate Factory in Zurich.
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The home of chocolate is of course considered to be Belgium in Europe and if you want a trip from start to finish is covered in chocolate then this would be the place to head. Thousands of boutique chocolatiers are around the country, many of which not only let you buy some of the finest chocolate available but also watch it being made.
There are several tours run in areas of Belgium which take you around some of the most famous chocolate sights available as well as a rundown of some of the history behind the chocolate industry. But of course sometimes the best way to explore the chocolate history of Belgium is simply by visiting as many chocolatiers as you possibly can during your trip to Belgium and pick up a selection of chocolates to take home with you, you certainly won’t regret it.
As far as getting involved and taking part and learning more about how chocolate is made then there is the likes of The Chocolate Academy at Zaabar which is especially good for children, La Maison des Maitres Chocolatiers Belges which offers training in the arts and Planete Chocolat.
Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States
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Located in Hershey in the US you will find Hershey’s World and the home of Hershey’s Kisses, some of the most famous US candy exports! Hershey’s Chocolate World has everything you would expect from such a popular US attraction and is well worth the trip. The combination of chocolate, entertainment, shopping and food means there is something for everyone, so much show it is important to plan your day to ensure you fit everything in! Some of the events are free whereas others require a fee or ticket and booking in advance so check these out before you head off.
Some of the most fun attractions include a 3D show about chocolate, the Great American Chocolate Tour Ride which takes you through the chocolate making process from the beans and finishes off with a free sample chocolate. Personally, the most exciting part of Hershey’s Chocolate World for me is the opportunity to make your own Hershey’s bar of chocolate where you get to choose from various inclusions such as butterscotch, toffee crunch and fruit gels! The educational aspect of the chocolate brand, the beans that make the chocolate and the tastes you love can be explored in the Hershey’s Chocolate Tasting Adventure attraction.
This truly is the “sweetest place on earth”!
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Birmingham is where the world famous Cadbury chocolate was born and now you can discover the history behind the brand, get involved in some of the interactive experiences and of course see chocolate get made and enjoy lots of the samples throughout the experience! This is one of the most child friendly chocolate attractions you can find with thousands of children enjoying the day out every month! The tour of Cadbury World is finished off by a visit to the world’s biggest Cadbury chocolate shop! What is not to like?