Mmmmm: Places to Indulge in Chocolate


If you love chocolate and you love to travel, why not combine your two loves with a trip to one of these cocoa-infused destinations. From chocolate factories to hundred-year-old artisan chocolatiers and late-night chocolate diners, these five places are sure to take care of your craving.Photo courtesy of CoCreatr

1. Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, CA

Europe may be better known for its fine chocolatiers, but when it comes to the cocoa-fused confections in the United States, San Francisco's Ghirardelli Square comes to mind. The 20th-century buildings of the Ghiridelli factory complex are filled with several Ghirardelli shops where you can pick up some sweet treats. Unfortunately, chocolate production has moved elsewhere, but if you want to see the process, you can catch a free tour at the nearby TCHO factory on Pier 17.

2. Hershey, PA

Hershey Chocolates — Photo courtesy of prayitno

The entire town of Hershey, PA seems to revolve around chocolate. Learn all about the creation of Hershey bars at Hershey's Chocolate World, pose for a photo with a human-sized Hershey's Kiss at Hersheypark or learn about the man behind the chocolate at The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue. Chocolate Roses Spa Treatment — Photo courtesy of

If that's not enough, you can literally immerse yourself in chocolate at the Hotel Hershey's Chocolate Spa, with treatments like a Whipped Cocoa Bath or a Chocolate Fondue Wrap.

3. Switzerland

Zurich chocolate shop — Photo courtesy of jay8085

The wonderful thing about Switzerland is that there isn't just one place known for chocolate -- the whole country is filled with it. Confiserie Sprungli in Zurich has been perfecting the art of truffle making since 1859, while the Stettler Chocolate Factory in Geneva offers a behind-the-scenes look at how they're made. You can even ride in a vintage Pullman car on the Swiss Chocolate Train from Montreux on to Gruyères and Broc.

4. Chocolaterías in Madrid

Churros with chocolate at a chocoleteria in Madrid — Photo courtesy of Tim Lucas

In Madrid, you never have to worry about satisfying a late-night chocolate craving, as the city is dotted with chocolaterías specializing in churros and chocolate. These deep-fried, waffle-like dough sticks are served alongside a cup full of molten bittersweet chocolate for dipping, and the shops that serve them stay open until the wee hours of the morning.

5. Costa Rica Chocolate Tour

Cocoa in its most raw form — Photo courtesy of Everjean

Some of the world's best cocoa beans come from Costa Rica, and even if you don't have a sweet tooth, learning about the history of chocolate production and the process of transforming the bizarre fruit into the edible treat we all know and love is undeniably fascinating.

About Lydia Schrandt

Lydia doesn't have much of a sweet tooth, but she does love a nice bar of dark chocolate -- at least 80 percent cocoa -- with a glass of red wine.

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