– by Divinity Chan | www.TheChocolateDate.com ©2012Embark on a chocolate adventure with your sweetie and travel back in time
Take your sweetie on an adventure and visit a chocolate museum where you get to discover how chocolate came to be one of the world’s most treasured and loved treat. Find out how this dark bean came to being as it was originally used as medicine and prepared as a bitter and spicy drink to honor the Aztec Gods.
Considered the “Food of the Gods”, chocolate in its’ original bean form was so precious and valuable like gold it was traded as currency. Only Royalty and the privileged were able to enjoy this valuable beans of love.
Where are these museums? The following blog article from Dying for Chocolate (http://dyingforchocolate.blogspot.ca/2011/05/chocolate-museums.html) is filled with valuable information on chocolate museums around the world. this make a great excuse to travel internationally to foreign cities for the love of chocolate. Since this article is dated 2011 be sure to check to see if these museums are still open.
Each museum will have its’ own flavor on their history of chocolate. What to do after the visit? Go for a chocolate treat of course! Scout out a local chocolatier or cafe and indulge in appreciation how far this little bean has gone!
Chocolate Museums: International Museum Day
Article by: Janet Rudolph
Sourced from: http://dyingforchocolate.blogspot.ca/2011/05/chocolate-museums.html
Today is International Museum Day, and what could be better than visiting a Chocolate Museum. I posted an original list in 2009 from Virtual Tourist of the World’s Top 10 Best Chocolate Museums. I’ve added a few more, including the list from Wikipedia. Happy Travels. I see I have a long ‘chocolate’ bucket list.
1. The Cologne Chocolate Museum (http://www.chocolatemuseum-cologne.com/): Cologne, Germany
Located on the Rhine River, this futuristic building gives visitors three floors of chocolate history to ponder, but the real center of attention here is the famous chocolate fountain. Museum staff dip waffles in the hot liquid for salivating guests.
2. Musee les Secrets du Chocolat: Geispolsheim, France
Complete with theater, tea room and gift shop that sells chocolate pasta, chocolate vinegar, chocolate beer and decorative antique chocolate molds, this museum is every bit as elegant as the country it represents.
3. Pannys Amazing World of Chocolate, Phillip Island Chocolate Factory; Newhaven, Phillip Island, Victoria, Canada
This facility houses such tongue-in-cheek exhibits as statue of David replicas, a Dame Edna mural and an entire chocolate town. Aside from the eye candy, visitors are treated to real candy with a chocolate sample upon arrival.
4. Choco-Story Chocolate Museum: Bruges, Belgium
In addition to dedicating a section of the museum to the health benefits of chocolate, this museum also houses a quirky collection of chocolate tins that pay tribute to the Royal family.
5. Museu de la Xocolata: Barcelona, Spain
The sculptures at this museum are so impressive, you’ll forget you’re looking at chocolate. Subjects range from copies of serious religious works to whimsical cartoon characters.
6. The Chocolate Museum (Musee du Chocolat) (http://www.chocolatemuseum.ca/): St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada
Museum pays tribute to the Ganong Bros who were candy makers in the area and who have the distinction of introducing the world to the iconic heart-shaped chocolate box, many of which are on display here. The Museum features hands-on exhibits, interactive computer displays, collections of historic chocolate boxes and antique candy-making equipment. Chocolate treats are a staple all the time!
7. Choco-Story Chocolate Museum: Prague, Czech Republic
Chocolate may be a feast for the palate, but this museum is truly a feast for the eyes. Collections of stunning antique chocolate wrappers and demonstrations of the chocolate making process.
8. Candy Americana Museum (http://www.wilburbuds.com/docs/museum.html), Wilbur Chocolate: Lititz, Pennsylvania
Started when the wife of the company president began collecting chocolate memorabilia at flea markets and antique shows, this now over-35-year old museum still admits visitors for free.
9. Chocolate Museum: Jeju-do Island, South Korea
While the chocolate workshop, “Bean to Bar” showroom and art gallery are all impressive, perhaps this museum’s biggest draw is their working San Francisco-style trolley car.
10. Nestle Chocolate Museum: Mexico City, Mexico
Known more for its modern design and the speed with which it was built (by most estimates 75 days from start to finish), this futuristic building is an exhibit in itself.
11. Hershey (http://www.hersheystory.org/splash.aspx): Hershey, PA. Do I need to say more? Visit the Museum on Chocolate Avenue
And from Wikipedia: More Chocolate Museums:
Heindl Schokolademuseum (Vienna, Austria)
Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (Brussels, Belgium)
Choco Story (Brugges, Belgium)
Musée de chocolat Jacques (Eupen, Belgium)
Chocolate Caseiro Prawer (Gramado, Brazil)
Musée du chocolat de la confiserie Bromont (Bromont, Canada)
The Chocolate Museum (Havana, Cuba)
Kalev Chocolate Museum (Tallinn, Estonia)
Cadbury World (Birmingham, England)
Walker’s Chocolate Emporium Museum (Devon, England)
Chocolaterie Drakkar (Nonant, France)
Chocolaterium (Damville, France)
Le Paradis du Chocolat (La Côte-Saint-André, France)
Musée du Chocolat Bovetti (Terrasson-Lavilledieu, France)
Musée du Chocolat Des Hautot (Fécamp, France)
Musée du Chocolat Des Lis Chocolat (Nemours, France)
Planete Musée du Chocolat (Biarritz, France)
Halloren Schokoladenmuseum (Halle, Germany)
Rausch SchokoLand (Peine, Germany)
Ritter Sport ChocoExhibition (Waldenbuch, German)
Wawi Schoko-Welt (Pirmasens, Germany)
– WAWI, Nappo and Moritz brands
Csokoládé-Múzeum (Budapest, Hungary)
Museo del Cioccolato Antica Norba (Norma, Italy)
Museo Storico della Perugina (Perugia, Italy)
Shiroi Koibito Park (Sapporo, Japan)
Chocolate museum (Jejudo, Korea)
De Chocoladefabriek (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Gemeentemuseum Weesp (Weesp, Netherlands)
– Local history museum with large collection of chocolate cups and Van Houten memorabilia
Nederlands Bakkerij Museum (Hattem, Netherlands)
– “Dutch Bakery Museum”, exhibits include Droste chocolate memorabilia, baking and confectionery equipment and memorabilia
Cadbury World (Dunedin, New Zealand)
Silky Oak ‘Chocolate Thru’ the Ages’ Museum (Napier, New Zealand)
Red October Museum of Chocolate (Moscow, Russia)
Museo del Chocolate (Villajoyosa, Spain)
Museo del Chocolate Valor (Villajoyosa, Spain)
Museo del Chocolate de Sueca (Sueca, Spain)
Alimentarium (Vevey, Switzerland)
Operated by Nestlé, includes exhibits on cooking, eating, purchasing food, digesting, and a history of Nestlé
Cailler-Nestlé (Broc, Switzerland)
Shokoland Caslano (Switzerland, Alprose)
South Bend Chocolate Company (South Bend, Indiana, United States)
– Tours of the chocolate factory and museum
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