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Chocolate Destinations Around the World to Drool Over

These five places from Belgium to Hong Kong offer their own enticing takes on the confection

The mouthwatering nature of chocolate is one constant no matter where you go. (Miriam Schmidt/dpa/Corbis)


Belgium produces more than 172,000 tons of chocolate annually, and the tiny country is also home to 2,000 plus chocolatiers. Belgium is especially known for the praline, or “chocolate bonbon,” a piece of chocolate with a hard outer shell and a soft, sometimes liquid filling, which Belgian chocolatier Jean Neauhaus introduced to the world in 1912. Today Belgium is a hot-bed of chocolate tourism, with Brussels at it center. There are tours of chocolate factories, chocolate making workshops, and even Choco-Story Brussels (Musée du Cacao et du Chocolat), a small, two-story museum devoted to the history and making of chocolate. One of the city's most popular experiences for chocolate lovers is the Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop, a guided three-hour walking tour that includes stops at several of the city's artisan chocolate boutiques, plenty of free samples, and a 45-minute hands-on lesson in making pralines.

In true Belgian style, you may even want to pair your chocolate with a nice glass of brew

About Laura Kiniry

Laura Kiniry is a San Francisco-based freelance writer specializing in food, drink, and travel. She contributes to a variety of outlets including American Way, O-The Oprah Magazine, BBC.com, and numerous AAA pubs.

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