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The Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate: Brussels Located from Brussels' main market square, The Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate provides a full on experience of chocolate production from start to finish. Fun posters, video presentations and display panels...

The Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate: Brussels

Located from Brussels' main market square, The Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate provides a full on experience of chocolate production from start to finish. Fun posters, video presentations and display panels will take you back to the Aztecs and Mayans and how chocolate first begin to the present day a thousand years later to present day.

Chocolate does in fact grow on trees; the fruit of the cocoa tree is called a "pod" and can be between 10 to 25cm long, about 15cm wide and containing around 30 to 40 beans and weighing up to 750 grams! The museum itself is situated within a magnificent building called the house De Valk (meaning the "falcon"), built in 1697 and named after the premises at the time with the museum having occupied it since 2005.

Next to Swiss chocolates, Belgian chocolates are rated some of the best in the world, with the most popular being pralines ( chocolates filled with buttercream, fruit creams, almonds or nuts within a dark, milk or white chocolate shell) and truffles (a rich and creamy powdery chocolate made from a cream and solid chocolate mixture.

The Chocolate Museum: Cologne

Located near Cologne Cathedral, The Chocolate Museum covers everything from the beginnings to present day cocoa and chocolate. From 21 March - 2nd June 13, the museum is hosting an exhibition "Sweets in 3D" which showcases chocolate molds through time. The production of special character molds began in France during the 1820's and the exhibition displays various chocolate mold collection which gives us our Easter and Christmas gifts every year!

Since March 2006, the Swiss chocolate manufacturer Lindt & Sprüngli has been the museums partner in producing exhibits. Since it began in Zurich in 1845, the brand has been recognized as a leader in premium quality chocolate and its well known melting chocolate encased within a shell, creating the unique velvety smooth and rich taste.

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