Newspapers recently reported that the cost of cocoa had hit an all time high. Skyscanner takes a look at chocolate capitals around the world where chocoholics can still get their cocoa fix, and at a reasonable price!
Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
Originally called Derry Church, this town was renamed Hershey in 1906 and dubbed ‘The sweetest place on earth’.
Visit Hershey’s Chocolate World where you can let your darkest chocolate desires loose and create your very own candy bar. Then join a tasting adventure, where a chocolatier guides you through a never ending selection of chocolate confection, chocolate lore, and samples from the chocolate spectrum including everything from creamy milk to robust dark. Find flights to Philadelphia.
Villajoyosa, near Alicante on the Costa Blanca is known as Spain’s chocolate city. Having started importing cocoa beans in the 18th Century from Ecuador and Venezuela, the city is now home to Valor Chocolate, a brand famed throughout Europe which can be sampled in Valor chocolate houses all over the Costa Blanca. Be sure to try the local choccy specialty; Chocolate with Churros – a type of Spanish doughnut. Find flights to Alicante.
Shiroi Koibito Park, Hokkaido, Japan
Shiroi Koibito, a type of white chocolate biscuit, is one of Japan’s most famous forms of chocolate and a mandatory souvenir for anyone visiting Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island. Just outside of Hokkaido’s capital, Sapporo, you can tour the Shiroi Koibito chocolate factory, see how the chocolate is made and visit the Chocolate Lounge to sample a range of exclusive choc drinks. Find flights to Sapporo.
Oaxaca in Mexico is the spiritual home of chocolate. As the discoverers of chocolate, it’s here that the world’s first ‘chocolatiers’ were born. Today in Oaxaca, residents have embraced chocolate as a part of their culture and it can be found in an interesting variety of forms including chocolate sauce, chocolate drinks and spiced chocolate. You can even enrol in cooking classes and learn the secret of the Oaxaca chocolate recipes. Find flights to Oaxaca.
Fremantle Chocolate Factory, Australia
In a country better known for beaches and BBQs, chocolate may not be the first thing on your mind when you visit Australia, but Fremantle Chocolate Factory in Western Australia is 100% Australian owned and famed for its selection of over 300 chocolate products including gourmet chocolate logs, and chocolate coated coffee beans. Those keen on the chocolate making process can watch the confectioners at their art from dedicated viewing galleries before enjoying samples straight from the factory floor! Find flights to Perth.