TUI’s top holiday destinations for chocolate lovers
Chocolate lovers will know the pleasure of biting into a high quality candy bar.
And some tourist destinations are known for their amazing chocolate – and you can visit and try the creamiest chocolates.
Whether you want to sample pralines, sip cocoa, or see where it all began, there’s a chocolate-themed country for everyone.
Why not make this your summer vacation choice?
So if you’re tasting chocolate today, craving more and fancying a treat abroad, check out travel giant TUI‘s selection of chocolate-inspired global destinations…
Beautiful Bruges is the birthplace of the praline, which was invented in 1912, and it’s nearly impossible to visit Belgium without stepping into at least one of its 2,000 artisan chocolate shops.
For the ultimate chocoholic experience, head to the Choco-Story Museum in Bruges, where you’ll learn how chocolate arrived in Europe, see how recipes changed over the centuries, and explore the secrets of cocoa before some tastings. choco-story-brugge.be/fr, €11.
As famous as its fondue, milk chocolate has been a Swiss treat since its creation from the milk of Alpine cows.
The average local eats over 10kg of chocolate a year – and it’s easy to see why. Stop for a taste at one of the many chocolate shops and try one of the country’s popular velvety chocolate cream desserts, schokoladencreme.
Savvy Italian chocolate producers like to buy cocoa directly from producers to produce some of the finest chocolate in the world.
Italians love chocolate in pastries, so live like a local by enjoying an espresso with Italian chocolate or a cioccolata calda (hot chocolate) at a local cafe.
The English word “chocolate” is believed to have originated with modern-day Mesoamericans.
Mexico, which enjoyed a bitter chocolate drink called xocolatl as early as 450 BC.
In fact, the 15th-century Aztec ruler Montezuma II was said to drink up to 50 cups a day from a gold goblet, as it was renowned for its stimulant and aphrodisiac properties.
Chocolate is still a popular cooking ingredient in Mexico today, especially in the marinade called Mole, most often served with meat.
If you are staying at the TUI BLUE El Dorado Seaside Suites resort in Riviera Maya, you may be able to indulge yourself with Mole at La Carreta Restaurant for a la carte traditional Mexican cuisine.
There’s more to this Caribbean island than tropical beaches, luxury resorts and the twin peaks of the Pitons.
The volcanic landscape has made it the ideal place for chocolate cultivation for centuries.
Not only can you visit
the many cocoa plantations there
many other chocolate-themed experiences to discover.
Hotel Anse Chastanet in Saint Lucia has its own cocoa bean plantation and chocolate laboratory, and the theme continues in the spa, where you can have everything from chocolate orange body scrubs to body massages in Mocha.
You can book holidays to these destinations on tui.co.uk