These Countries Have the Best Chocolates in the World
The latest news says that the world is running out of chocolate and probably in several years the price of this brown divinity would be much higher. Still, we wouldn’t want to depress ourselves with this kind of news and in fact would like to share with you a list of some of the countries that have the best and most delicious chocolate in the world.
1 Cologne, Germany
This city is also known as the chocolate capital of Germany. Cologne is the home of the Stollwerck chocolate company, which in its prime was the second largest supplier of chocolate to the United States. For the 150th anniversary of the company, a museum exhibit was created to celebrate their history. Since then, the exhibit has grown into an entire museum. The Imhoff Stollwerck museum also known locally as the chocolate museum celebrates the history of chocolate around the world, and has interactive exhibits, samples and a giant chocolate fountain.
2 Tain L’Hermitage, France
This is a small town in the heart of France, and only a short drive from Lyon. Tain L’Hermitage is the home of the world-renowned chocolate producer, Valrhona. Here you can stop at the Valrhona Ecole du Grand Chocolate, a school that teaches professional chefs, chocolatiers and caterers. They even host a three-day course that teaches amateurs how to make decadent deserts.
3 Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
Called “the Sweetest Place on Earth,” the town (originally called Derry Church) was renamed Hershey in 1906 due to the popularity of Hershey chocolates. The town is home to both The Hershey Company and the H. B. Reese Candy Company. “Chocolate town, USA” has branded itself as an American chocolate center and some popular chocolaty attractions include Hershey’s Chocolate World, The Hershey Story Museum and the Chocolate Spa.
4 New York City, New York, USA
In New York City, you can find anything, including some really good chocolate. The chocolatiers here have come from all corners of the globe, and have brought with them their recipes for scrumptious chocolate treats. Besides all of the fantastic chocolate shops in the city, visitors can take a chocolate tour with either the New Cuisine Chocolate Tour or the Luxury Chocolate Tour, where you can learn about the history of the shops you visit and sample some of their chocolates.
5 Villajoyosa, Spain
Often called “Chocolate City,” Villajoyosa’s chocolate history began in the 18th century when it began importing cocoa beans from Venezuela and Ecuador. Today, chocolate production is still booming as the town is home to Spain’s oldest gourmet chocolate producer, Valor, which was founded in 1881. Villajoyosa also has an excellent chocolate museum that not only showcases the history of Villajoyosa’s chocolate production but also how local favorites are made.
6 San Francisco, California, USA
This lovely Californian city is home to one of the oldest chocolate manufacturers in the United States, making it a favored destination for many chocolate lovers. The chocolate tours are a great way to take in San Francisco’s best chocolate shops. You can also step back in history, wandering through Ghirardelli Square, which was originally built as an expansion of the old Ghirardelli chocolate factory.
7 Zurich, Switzerland
We can’t even think to have a chocolate list without the delicious Swiss chocolate. Switzerland consumes more chocolate per person that any other country, and with world-renowned companies like Cailler-Nestle, Toblerone, Lindt, Treuscher and Sprungli calling it home, it’s no wonder. Zurich is the heart of chocolate production in the country and Lindt, Treuscher and Sprungli all having factories and stores in the city. For a truly unique experience, the Swiss Travel System, along with Cailler-Nestle, offers an excursion on “The Swiss Chocolate Train.” The train departs from Montreux and makes a stop in Gruyeres, before finally arriving in Broc where guests get a tour of the Cailler-Nestle factory.
8 Oaxaca, Mexico
The ancient Mesoamericans were the world’s first chocolatiers and Mexico has continued that tradition. Today in Oaxaca, residents have embraced chocolate as a part of their culture and it seems visitors to the city can’t walk down the street without being offered chocolate in some form, whether it is hot chocolate, chocolate pastry or chocolate candy. While there are major chocolate producers based here, a lot of Oaxaca’s chocolate is made with old family recipes the old-fashioned way, grounded either by hand or with electric grinders and mixed by hand.