Top 5 Places To Take Your Child For The World’s Best Chocolate

Kids and chocolate go hand in hand – literally! If your little one loves chocolate, then these places are the ultimate and tastiest destinations to satisfy those chocolate cravings.

By Ashwin Dewan

Top 5 Places To Take Your Child For The World’s Best Chocolate

Who does not love chocolate? Milk, white, dark or unsweetened – there are many types of chocolate and each has its own devoted fan following. Known as the food of the Gods in ancient times, chocolate has undergone many changes, both in taste and texture, over the years. What has remained is the timeless, delicious taste. 

And what better occasion to talk about richness and role of chocolate in our lives, than World Chocolate Day! This preparation made from cacao seeds is celebrated around the world, by adults and children alike. In fact, for children, chocolate is a delectable treat. It is often a reward for something special or achieved. And, as a parent, you often take them to the nearest store to buy a chocolate bar, or make chocolate at home. But did you know that certain places around the globe produce some of the best chocolate in the world? We look at five places you can visit with your child to sample the world’s best chocolates.

1. Brussels, Belgium

Top 5 Places To Take Your Child For The World’s Best Chocolate

Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is sure to be a hit with your child. In fact, it is also popularly known as the chocolate capital of the world. Take a trip to Brussels and your little one will be overcome with happiness as there are chocolate shops everywhere.

Why is it famous for chocolate?

Brussels is a dream come true for chocolate lovers. There are more chocolatiers per square foot here than any other place in the world. It also houses two of the best known and biggest chocolate companies in the world, Godiva and Leonidas.

Any unique chocolate found

Some of the famous chocolates to have come out of Brussels include Passion Chocolat, Jean Galler, Wittamer and Pierre Marcolini.

Activities to do involving chocolate

You can always take the special chocolate tours that the city provides. The tour gives you and your child an opportunity to learn about the history of chocolate. In fact, your child can see how pralines (a chocolate shell with a softer, sometimes liquid filling of different combinations of hazelnut, almonds, sugar, and milk-based pastes) are made. These tours begin at the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate.

While you are there, do not forget to visit the Mary shop, founded in 1919 and loved for its famous treats. By the way, this is also the favourite of the Belgian Royal Family.

How to get there

From Chennai: Flights start at approximately Rs 25,000 onwards.

From Bengaluru: Flights start at approximately Rs 24,000 onwards.

2. Paris, France

Top 5 Places To Take Your Child For The World’s Best Chocolate

Paris, the capital of France, is a chocolate lover’s paradise. Chocolate in Paris comes in many forms, flavours, origins and styles. In fact, chocolate is regarded as an art in Paris with many awarded artisan chocolatiers toiling hard to create the perfect chocolate. Need any more reason to visit it with your children? We think not.

Why is it famous for chocolate?

Paris is dotted with shops that sell chocolate of the highest quality and taste. Dark chocolate is a speciality here. One of the world’s best chocolate makers, Pierre Marcolini, a Belgian chocolatier, has a shop in Paris that sells an array of decadent chocolates – from chocolate-covered marshmallows to white chocolate hearts.

Any unique chocolate found

Some of the unique varieties of chocolate found in Paris include ganache, single origin, bean-to-bar, pralines, orangettes and palets d’or.

Activities to do involving chocolate

Apart from visiting the famed chocolate shops, Paris also hosts the largest event in the world dedicated to chocolate -- the Salon du Chocolat. This year, it will be held in conjunction with the World Chocolate Master Championships which is usually held every two years. 

Walking tours also offer a wonderful opportunity to taste the different chocolates on offer, in Paris.

How to get there

From Chennai: Flights start at approximately Rs 22,000 onwards.

From Bengaluru: Flights start at approximately Rs 19,000 onwards.

3. Bariloche, Argentina

Top 5 Places To Take Your Child For The World’s Best Chocolate

Bariloche, or San Carlos de Bariloche to be precise, in southwestern Argentina is often referred to as the Switzerland of Argentina because of its countless chocolate shops. Bariloche is considered the home of chocolate in Argentina.

Why is it famous for chocolate?

There is a chocolate shop in almost every nook and cranny of Bariloche. The town’s first two chocolate factories, Fenoglio Chocolates and Chocolates del Turista, are still running. They continue to produce high-quality chocolates. Take a trip with your child to Mitre Avenue where many chocolatiers have shops.

Interestingly, if you think chocolate is bad for your child's teeth and health, think again! Here are 10 reasons why your child should eat chocolate.

Any unique chocolate found

Some of the unique chocolates on offer in Bariloche include dulce de leche bars, truffles, mixed pieces, and more.

Activities to do involving chocolate

You can always visit the Fenoglio Museo del Chocolate, where one can learn about the history of chocolate, the production process and even, watch workers creating chocolate masterpieces.

Additionally, visit Bariloche for the chocolate festival, which lasts for four days and is held every year during Easter.

How to get there

From Chennai: Flights start at approximately Rs 90,000 onwards.

From Bengaluru: Flights start at approximately Rs 99,000 onwards.

4. Tuscany, Italy

Top 5 Places To Take Your Child For The World’s Best Chocolate

The first thing that would come to mind after hearing the name Tuscany is picturesque vineyards and lots of wine. Right and wrong! For, Tuscany is also home to some of the best Italian chocolate masters, who have perfected the art of making the most delicious chocolates.

Why is it famous for chocolate?

There is a place in Tuscany called 'Chocolate Valley' located between Pisa, Pistoia and Prato. It is dotted with many gourmet shops and small factories, all dedicated to chocolate.

Any unique chocolate found

Some of the tasty and unique chocolates on offer in Tuscany are dark chocolates and the Sicilian orange gelato.

Activities to do involving chocolate

Plan a trip to Florence from February 6 to February 15 for the handmade chocolate fair, where you will be witness to the wonderful sights, sounds and aroma of quality chocolate being created and sold in front of you.

How to get there

From Chennai: Flights start at approximately Rs 24,000 onwards.

From Bengaluru: Flights start at approximately Rs 25,000 onwards.

5. Zurich, Switzerland

Top 5 Places To Take Your Child For The World’s Best Chocolate

No chocolate trip is complete without a visit to the place where more chocolate is consumed than anywhere else in the world – Zurich. Your child is guaranteed to be happy as famous chocolate makers like Lindt, Treuscher and Sprungli all have factories out here.

Why is it famous for chocolate?

Apart from the quality of chocolate on offer, Teuscher, an old-fashioned chocolate shop, offers more than a hundred delicious specialities of chocolate, traditionally-made and chemical-free.

Any unique chocolate found

Zurich is the place where people go to experience the rich, creamy taste of the legendary Champagne Truffles that are made with Don Perignon champagne, buttercream and dark ganache.

Activities to do involving chocolate

Take a ride on the Swiss Chocolate Train which departs from Montreaux, makes a stop in Gruyeres and arrives in Broc where you can tour the Cailler-Nestle factory.

How to get there

From Chennai: Flights start at approximately Rs 26,000 onwards.

From Bengaluru: Flights start at approximately Rs 23,000 onwards.

Now that we have told you where to find the best chocolates in the world, go on, make your child's wish come true!

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