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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)
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Peru

Peru is home to the world's rarest chocolate, Pure Nacional, a once prevalent strand of cocoa bean that was thought extinct until a few years ago. Its rediscovery helped pave the way for a new world of chocolate tourism in this South American country. Unlike Belgium and Switzerland, Peru both produces chocolate and grows its own cocoa beans. Peru boasts several outposts of Choco Museo, a museum highlighting the America's long-standing chocolate history and traditions. There are two in Lima and another in Cuzco, where you can make your own chocolate truffles and tour nearby cocoa plantations. Another popular stop for chocolate tourists is Orquidea Chocolate Factory, a mountain-top artisanal factory in the Peruvian jungle that's a collaboration between NGO funding and local communities. 

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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