World's Most Decadent Chocolate Tours
Are you jaded by "date-night" translating to "dinner and a movie" week after week? Set spark to your romance with a unique set of plans: a chocolate factory tour and tasting. Few can resist the temptations of rich, creamy chocolates, particularly the artisanal kind. Learn the ins and outs of chocolate making, then enjoy a guided tasting. Be sure to purchase a box of the delicacies to enjoy back home with a glass of red wine and sexy tunes on the stereo. The mood is set. Now read on to discover the world's most decadent chocolate tours.
Brussels' history and culture is then coupled with an extraordinary tour of many of the city's finest chocolatiers, including Godiva, Wittamer, Neuhaus and Pierre Ledent, where you'll get to sample some of the delectable wares. The 4-hour tour and workshop is capped off with a hands-on chocolate praline-making workshop. Guests will learn how to make these lovely delicacies, and even take home their own creations.
Still the TCHO tour isn't all brains and no fun. The hour-long factory tour is led by well-informed and amusing guides intent on educating you on all matters chocolate and sustainability, including how the company's artisanal chocolates are crafted and the ins and outs of fair trade; even guided tastings are offered. Tours are free, and reservations are recommended.
Plan a visit to the Casa del Cioccolato, and begin your tour with a visit to the Perugina Museum, where you'll discover the history of the acclaimed chocolate maker, as well as tokens of the Baci brand over the past century, followed by a chocolate tasting. After the museum, you'll enjoy a tour of the factory, looking into the chocolate workshop and production line. Finally, partake in a class at the Chocolate School, where you'll learn how to work with chocolate and even create your own chocolate treats. Reservations for the popular tours are recommended.
At Cailler, visitors can tour the factory, learning about the chocolate-making process in a very hands-on fashion, actually holding the freshly roasted cocoa beans, smelling the product as it's being produced, and of course, eating some of the delicacies. In addition to tours, Cailler also offers a series of chocolate-making classes, led by a Cailler chocolatier. Students will make their very own chocolates in classes on pralines, truffles and even Valentine's Day chocolate hearts.