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    5 Places Around The World You Can Take Your Child To Taste the World's Best Chocolates

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    Written by Ashwin Dewan and published on 11 May 2021.

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

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    5 Places Around The World You Can Take Your Child To Taste the World's Best Chocolates

    Who does not love chocolate? Milk, white, dark, or unsweetened - chocolate comes in many forms 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 unchanged is its delicious taste. And what better occasion to talk about the richness and role of chocolate in our lives, than on World Chocolate Day!

    This sweet confection made from cacao is celebrated around the world, by adults and children alike. 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

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    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 at the sight of the many chocolate shops.

    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.

    Unique chocolates to try here

    Try out Brussels' best chocolates at one of these shops - 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 the city. 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 usually 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 shop is also the Belgian Royal Family's favorite.

    2. Paris, France

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    Paris, the capital of France, is a chocolate lovers paradise. Chocolate in Paris comes in many forms and flavors. In fact, chocolate making 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 specialty 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.

    Unique chocolates to try here

    Some of the unique varieties of chocolate found in Paris include ganache, single-origin, bean-to-bar, pralines, orangettes (strips of candied orange dipped in chocolate), and palet 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. Walking tours also offer a wonderful opportunity to taste the different chocolates on offer, in Paris.

    3. Bariloche, Argentina

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    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.

    Unique chocolates to try here

    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.

    4. Tuscany, Italy

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    The first thing that would come to mind after hearing the name Tuscany is picturesque vineyards and lots of wine. Did you know that the city is also home to some of the best Italian chocolatiers?

    Why is it famous for chocolate?

    Tuscany is home to the Chocolate Valley, located between Pisa, Pistoia, and Prato. It is dotted with many gourmet shops and small factories, dedicated to making the finest chocolate.

    Unique chocolates to try here

    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.

    5. Zurich, Switzerland

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    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 specialties of chocolate, traditionally-made, and chemical-free.

    Unique chocolates to try here

    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.

    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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