The 7 Best Locations for World Chocolate Day

Posted on 07/07/2017

While it’s far more prudent to celebrate chocolate every day of the year, Friday affords us all a special opportunity to get out of town and sample one of life’s simple pleasures.

World Chocolate Day falls on July 7, which means you are well within your rights to finish the box of candies staring you in the face.

Here is a brief breakdown of some of the places that take chocolate seriously. So pack and extra bib and follow us on a trip of a lifetime.

Germany:

There is hardly a better place in the world to enjoy a bite for lunch, a beer before dinner and chocolate to cap it all off. The entire nation of Germany is resplendent with great culinary options, especially when it comes to chocolate.

The Schokoladen Museum offers guided tours and is just steps from the Cologne Cathedral. The German National Tourism Board is a great help to finding other hidden treats as well.

There is also the Goethe Chocolate Factory in Leipzig that offers a glimpse of a truly decadent experience.

Leipzig Travel explains: “Every chocolate creation is totally hand-made. On average, a Goethe chocolatier needs twelve minutes for one praline, and there is true passion inside.”

Brussels, Belgium:

Your veritable Mecca for the sweet stuff can be found where chocolate is coveted as it should be.

There is even a chocolate crawl, taking you from Godiva to Neuhaus and other such chocolatiers in the area.

The New York Times once took the trek and found it to be exhilarating and eye-opening: “Ever since the Brussels chocolatier Jean Neuhaus invented the praline 100 years ago, the city has been at the forefront of the chocolate business. There are a million residents and some 500 chocolatiers, about one chocolatier for every 2,000 people. The average Belgian consumes over 15 pounds of chocolate each year, one of the highest rates in the world.”

We dare you to meet that mark on your next two-week sojourn.

Switzerland:

Switzerland is another chocolate hot spot. You would be hard pressed to decide whether they have it better in Geneva, Zurich or other parts of the country. Let’s split the difference and say you are in good hands all over.

Like any self-respecting chocolate paradise, you can harness the GPS for a chocolaty walking tour.

Vogue’s Kristin Tice Studeman did that very thing in 2014, hitting places like Confiserie Sprüngli (which has been around since 1836) and the family-owned Laderach.

You should stop by Auer Chocolatier in Geneva, which is also family owned and dates back to 1939. As its website states, its chocolates are meticulously made by hand.

Favarger has been a Swiss institution since 1826, and you will garner a newfound appreciation for the place with its tour as well as its workshop where you can learn to create treats of your very own.

Hershey, Pennsylvania:

Americans know how to do chocolate as well. Those in the know have already frequented Hershey’s Chocolate World and have come away with a sugary loot to prove it.

This is the place to go if you want to procure candy bars the size of an infant.

San Francisco, California:

You will not starve here, as some of the best food is featured around this intoxicating city.

Thankfully, dessert is also taken care of at Ghirardelli, which has a history of making tourists happy: “Incorporated in 1852 and the country’s longest continuously operating chocolate manufacturer, Ghirardelli has established its position as America’s Premium Chocolate Company.”

Have a nearby clam chowder bowl to warm you up and then a humongous sundae to cool you on down.

Paris, France:

Website Chocolate & Zucchini does a fine job explaining all the ways Paris remains one of the most renowned spots for chocolate lovers. There are myriad types and forms of the ingredient in all manners of shapes and sizes, all of which are crafted with nuance and love.

If you are trying to whittle down the impossible task of finding the best, Time Out Paris helps you out, suggesting places like Jacques Genin and Pierre Marcolini.

Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico:

As the Los Angeles Times reminds, the Mayans once produced and cultivated cacao that would later become the kind of sugary chocolate we know today.

The Times’ Jody Jaffe explains that it’s possible to create an itinerary of your own, encompassing a deep dive into the history of this magical food: “I spent 14 days this winter exploring chocolate in the Yucatán Peninsula, a part of Mexico that's closer to Cuba than to Mexico City and is still home to the Maya, the people who made the world a happier place 2,500 years ago by cultivating cacao.”

Jaffe even recommends the Merida area's Los Dos Cooking School to take your cooking and knowledge of chocolate to the next level.

Ready to pull the trigger on booking your next flight out of town?

At the very least, this should have you hankering for a rummage run to the grocery store for a bag full of the best stuff on this planet. In either case, have a great Chocolate Day.


Source: Travelpulse

PHOTO: Take a deep dive into the good stuff today. (photo via Flickr/LongitudeLatitude)