We all love to indulge in a bit of sweet eating and there are plenty of varieties of sweets in the world to choose from. However the most popular is certainly chocolate. Who doesn’t like chocolate? We can find it in candies, drinks, and even soap or perfume. Chocolate is made from the ‘cacao’ fruit following a long production process.
Chocolate is so famous that in many places there are museums dedicated to it where they explain you the history and the production process. What many people like in visiting Chocolate Museums besides, of course, what they learn about chocolate, is probably the end of the visit: chocolate tasting or workshops. You can try a lot of varieties of chocolate for free and learn how to taste it. Here I propose a list of 8 tempting chocolate museums around the world, although I warn you that to read this article you may want to have some chocolate in your hands!
Belgium is known for its numerous varieties of beers, waffles, and also chocolate. In Belgium, you can find the most famous chocolate creators in the world like Marcolini, Galle and Zaabär. You can also find chocolate museums in Brussels, Bruges, and Antwerp. The Choco-Story Chocolate Museum is located in the heart of Brussels, close to Manneken Pis and Grand Place and is open every day from 10 am until 5 pm.
2. ChocoMuseo, Peru
If you are a chocolate lover a visit to this museum in Peru is a must. You can find the secrets of cocoa while you taste the best artisanal chocolate made with the best organic Peruvian beans. Visitors can also join a cooking class and workshops about chocolate making. You will learn a lot: from harvesting cocoa fruit to the roasting, fermenting, and tempering processes, and of course taste the chocolate.
3. Xocolate Museum of Barcelona, Spain
Also known as Museum de la Xocolata in Catalan or Museo del Chocolate in Spanish, the museum opened in 2000 in El Born, Ciudad Vieja, on the ground level of an old barrack. Many of the displays are chocolate sculptures, including various well-known Barcelona buildings, and illustrations from different stories. You can enjoy the hot chocolate at the end of the tour and buy some chocolate souvenirs.
4. Ganong Chocolate Museum, New Brunswick, Canada
Ganong Chocolate Museum is located in New Brunswick, known officially as Canada’s Chocolate Town. The museum is a celebration of Canada’s oldest chocolate company, Ganong, which started in 1873. Here you can find chocolates available for tasting in each room and informative and interesting displays. Don’t forget to stop at the store right on the main street, it offers coffee as well as candy.
5. Perugina House of Chocolate, Italy
When you visit Italy don’t forget to go to this place, Perugina House of Chocolate or Perugina Casa del Cioccolato. This is a factory that features a museum devoted to the history of chocolate manufacturing and a school with cooking classes. You can explore a whole house of chocolate, including a historical museum, chocolate factory, school of chocolate, and a gift shop.
6. Chocolate Museum, Malaysia
Located in Kota Damansara, the Chocolate Musuem is the last, most interactive and one-of-a-kind chocolate museum in South East Asia. Visitors can explore 6 different sections from the Journey of chocolates, Father of chocolates, Health benefits of Chocolates, Chocolates in the Industry, Chocolate kitchen and Chocolate galleria, and can find more than 100 chocolate brands.
7. Maison Cailler, Broc, Switzerland
At Maison Cailler visitors can enjoy exploring the museums and its beautiful outside views of the Broc in Switzerland. You can find audio guides in various languages for the tour and children especially will love the museum! You can also join the workshop and of course taste the chocolate for free.
8. Cologne Chocolate Museum, Germany
What makes this museum so special is that it looks like a ship made of glass and metal. The museum is located in front of the old town, near the Cologne Cathedral. Visitors can visit the 9 exhibitions area to learn the history of chocolate and how to make it and also enjoy delicious cakes, chocolate specialties and coffee while enjoying the beautiful view of the city.