31st March 2016

With Easter and guilt-free chocolate devouring still fresh in our minds here is Adaptable Travel's destination guide to a chocoholic’s heaven.

1. Geneva, Stettler Chocolate Factory

Traditional chocolate making at it’s finest, the exceptional quality of the creamy Swiss chocolate is reason enough to visit Geneva. A 1 hour tour of the factory includes chocolate tasting, manufacture of a bar and a gift to take home.

If you get the chance to venture further out of the city, a tour of Maison Cailler in Broc is a must. The smell of chocolate surrounds the historic mansion in the stunning Swiss countryside. Be sure to take a class in truffle making.

2. Barcelona, Chocolate Museum

Traditionally known for paella and sangria, Spain also has a rich history in chocolate production. The Museu de la Xocolata offers interesting guided tours with tastings and activities designed especially for school groups. Go LOCO and combine quirky ingredients to create your own special lollipops.

3. York, Chocolate Story

Did you know York produces 6 million Kit Kats everyday??? The city is well known for it’s 3 major confection factories: Terry’s, Rowntree’s and Craven’s. York’s Chocolate Story explores these three famous names in detail and gives an insight into the history of the city and it’s chocolate making roots through the personal experiences of local factory workers. Students can indulge in creative workshops to learn more about the art of a chocolatier.

4. Paris/France, Chocolat De Lachelle

What better way to end an epic trip to Disney than a quick stop-off in Calais at a French chocolate factory. Demos by master chocolate makers and delicious tastings are available at the factory located an hour outside of Paris.

5. Naples, Gay Odin

The old-world chocolate factory is a step back in time to the 1920s. Using vintage machinery, Gay Odin live by the philosophy that everything can be made from or covered by chocolate. Whilst in Italy why not try Gay Odin’s classic chocolate gelato.

6. New York, M&Ms World

Located in the heart of Broadway, M&Ms World is packed full of flavour with 15 colour variations of the classic M&M. This flagshop store launched the personalised printer giving customers the opportunity to make their mark and initial their own M&Ms. Feeling adventurous? Why not sample strawberried peanut butter, cherry cordial or try the latest flavour for 2016: M&M Cookie.

7. Birmingham, Cadbury World

Discover the history of the UK’s favourite chocolate manufacturer while munching free samples in the Bournville-based factory. View the production line, have a go at making your own treats and experience the cinematic 4D Chocolate Adventure. Educational workshops are available for all key stage classes covering a wide range of subjects.

8. Berlin, Rittersport

Treat yourself to everything you fancy in the extensive ChocoWorld. Starting with white, milk or dark chocolate, mix up your chocolate creation by adding the unusual flavours of red peppercorns and fruit gummies. Make sure to allow time to enjoy the indulgent chocolate fondue in the onsite café.

9. San Francisco, TCHO

The art of chocolate making is treated as a science at the TCHO Factory. The cacao beans used for their New American Chocolate are specially selected from quality farms producing award-winning delights. The guided tour involves educating visitors on the exclusive processes used by TCHO, and of course a mandatory chocolate tasting.

10. Ypres, Hans de Groote Chocolaterie

Home to the world famous Leonidas Chocolate, De Groote’s is a family-run business full of history with a passion for high quality chocolate. Favoured by the Belgian Monarchy, Leonidas use only the freshest ingredients. Our WWI Battlefields tours to Ypres include a visit to Hans de Groote Chocolate Shop where each passenger will receive a free box of chocolates.

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