5 Best Cities for Chocolate Lovers!
Got a sweet tooth that won’t come loose? Chocolate has become one of the most popular flavors in the world, dating all the way back to 1900 BCE. It’s made by harvesting, fermenting, roasting, and grinding up cocoa beans. However, cocoa beans are naturally bitter so milk, sugar, and vanilla are added to achieve that sweet goodness that we are familiar with.
While Valentine’s Day is a day for chocolate indulgence, true chocoholics celebrate the rich flavors of cacao all month long! February is National Chocolate Lovers Month. Satisfy your sweet tooth and inner chocolate lover in these sweet cities!
The Big Pineapple? How about The Big Cocoa instead? Honolulu, Hawaii is a chocolate lover’s dream city, with many chocolate factories and shops around the city. Most notably, Madre Chocolate is a popular destination for chocoholics. At Madre, you can enjoy the full “bean-to-bar” experience by taking a chocolate or truffle-making class. Their mission even states that they “aim for our selection of organic, fair trade chocolate bars to connect chocolate-eaters directly to the source,” making this a sweet spot where chocolate lovers unite!
Ever heard of stone ground chocolate? This process keeps cacao beans unrefined and minimally processed, giving the chocolate a bold flavor and texture. Taza Chocolate in Somerville, Massachusetts offers this unique chocolate, unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before.
Seattle, Washington knows all things chocolate. From their top quality chocolatiers to their small-batch chocolate bars, Seattle can satisfy any sweet tooth. Seattle is home to Chocolopolis, a chocolate store that is world-renowned for their collection of craft chocolate bars. In order for Chocolopolis to carry certain chocolates, artisan chocolate makers must adhere to their strict criteria, ensuring that customers receive only the finest selections of chocolates.
Atlanta is known for a lot of things, and chocolate is no exception to that! Experience a guided tasting of single origin dark chocolates at Xocolatl, a micro-factory bean-to-bar chocolate shop. They strive to add adventure and contentment to each of their chocolates in honor of Costa Rica, home of the Cacao. Xocolatl is even named after the original Nahuatl word, spoken by Olmecs, Mayans, and Aztecs, for chocolate.
Recognized as having some of the best chocolate in the world, Amano Chocolate has won numerous awards for their handcrafted chocolates. They travel to cocoa plantations and buy directly from the farmers to deliver their one-of-a-kind artisan chocolate. Their chocolate factory is located right in the heart of the Rockies, Orem, Utah.
Are you a chocoholic? Which of these sweet cities would you live in? Let us know in the comments below!