Do you like chocolate, desserts, and unusual sweets? These are cities where the sweet taste beats everything else and those who have the sweet tooth will fall in love with these places. We have made the top five holiday destinations in the world for traveling dessert enthusiasts.
There is no surprise that Brussels is named the chocolate capital of the world. In the heart of this city, in the Grand Square, chocolate is sold almost everywhere. Belgian chocolate is one of the best rated in the world. Many towns have their own traditions and recipes for making chocolate. The statistics are impressive: there are over 2,000 chocolate shops in Belgium, 16 chocolate museums have been set up here, and one Belgian eats more than 8kg of chocolate per year. The Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate Musee du Cacoa et du Chocolat in Brussels introduces visitors to the chocolate production process and the history of chocolate. Bruges hosts an annual Chocolate Festival that brings together the most famous producers from all over Belgium.
The French like to say that the chocolate they produce is the best all over the Europe. There are over 300 chocolate shops in Paris. But perhaps the most notable event associated with this dessert is the traditional Chocolate Festival that takes place in late October. During the festival, masterpieces of chocolate manufacturers are presented, trends of chocolate production are demonstrated, and awards are given to the producers of the best chocolate.
Oaxaca in southern Mexico is also known as the City of Chocolate and the culinary capital of Mexico. This city is considered the birthplace of a hot cocoa drink. The cocoa produced here is traditionally flavored with cinnamon and almonds. Almost every street in Oaxaca has something in common with chocolate: hot cocoa drink is prepared here, chocolate bars and other products are sold, and many chefs have special chocolate restaurants here.
In general, chocolate in Mexico was importance even before the arrival of the colonists from Europe. Cocoa trees have been grown in Latin America for about 3,000 years. The Aztecs used chocolate for medicinal purposes, and cocoa beans once also served a monetary function. However, the chocolate and the hot chocolate drink made in ancient times were not sweet at all and were more like strong coffee.
The Germans are also famous for their sweet tooths, as this nation consume a lot of chocolate per person. Without a doubt, the chocolate capital of this country is Cologne, the city that is famous only for the largest Gothic cathedral in the country. The Cologne-based Stollwerck Chocolate Factory and the Imhoff Stollwerck Chocolate Museum tell the story of 3,000 years of chocolate and the process of production.
Last but certainly not least on this list is Switzerland as here about 12 kg of chocolate is consumed by one person. The delicacy is also considered one of the symbols of this Alpine country. In addition, the Swiss are proud to have invented milk chocolate. It is said that the success of Swiss chocolate lies in its excellent quality. Most of its manufacturers offer to visit production workshops and get acquainted with the production process. There are 18 chocolate factories in this country. The route of the Swiss chocolate train is one of the most adorable attractions in Europe.