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To get into the spirit of summer, we’ve looked into holiday ideas packed full of chocolate fun for those looking to head to Europe…
It’s the explorers of Spain who we should be thanking for bringing chocolate over to Europe! Hernán Cortés was the first person to bring cocoa beans back from the Aztecs in Mexico, along with the secret of how to turn it into a delicious chocolate drink.
Throughout the country, including areas such as Madrid, Barcelona and Alicante, you can find chocolate cafés. Known as Chocolates Valor, these cafés serve a mostly sweet selection of food, with ice cream, pastries, waffles and more on the menu.
If you really can’t get enough of the good stuff, there is also the Valor Chocolate Museum in Alicante. You can learn all about the history of the cocoa bean and the process of making it into the treat we know and love today!
Paris is the place to go, for chocolate fans in France. We’re mostly interested in the idea of a chocolate walk – burn some calories whilst taking a tour of the luxury chocolate shops along the route. This simply requires you to follow a predetermined itinerary, so you can go at your own pace and stop wherever you wish. Choco Paris has some good suggestions for walks in Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Saint-Honoré in Paris.
Also in Saint-Germain is the boutique of chocolatier Patrick Roger. Here he has on exhibition his beautifully artistic sculptures, made entirely of… you guessed it, chocolate!
Some say that Turin is Italy’s chocolate capital, due to its history of pastries and cakes. There’s also one particularly special creation that originated from this part of the country – Bicerin, a warm, chocolaty espresso drink, topped with whipped cream.
In Norma, you can experience the Antica Norba Chocolate Museum tour, where you can learn about the history of the Mayan civilisation, whilst sipping on a free sample of warm liquid chocolate. Within a special area of the museum, children can create their own chocolate bars to take home as a souvenir.
Perhaps one of our most fascinating finds, and certainly our favourite, is the Etruscan Chocohotel in Perugia. If you opt to stay here during your visit to Italy, you will be able to check out the different chocolate-themed floors and visit a restaurant in which each course includes the wonderful treat as an ingredient in some way.
If you found this article interesting, you may also enjoy our Easter post, which contains more information about chocolate traditions in Europe!
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