Destination recommendations to satisfy your sweet tooth for Easter weekend
TORONTO, April 10, 2014 /CNW/ - When it comes to treats, most people's taste buds crave one of two categories: salty or sweet. For those constantly craving the latter, Hotels.com™ has put together a list of cities both near and far with delicious chocolate attractions and the average hotel prices paid in those cities using the latest Hotels.com™ Hotel Price Index™. So if you're over the generic chocolate bunnies sold at the grocery story, why not book some food-inspired travel? We think more than just your taste buds will thank you.
Whether you live on the west or east coast we've found some gems guaranteed to make your mouth water.
Vancouver, Canada: $148*
- Beta 5: The sweet treats look so good you don't want to eat them, but you'll be happy you did. This shop was recently voted one of North America's Top 10 chocolatiers by Dessert Professional Magazine.
Calgary, Canada: $161
- Cococo: The chocolate here has been tweeted about by celebs and if it's is good enough for the stars, its good enough for us!
Toronto, Canada: $148
- Soma Chocolatemaker: Quality over quantity is a motto we like and this chocolate maker follows those principles making small batches directly from the cacao bean.
Montreal, Canada: $156
- La Cabosse d'Or: Visitors from all across the globe visit this chocolate legend, which is celebrating its 25th birthday this year. Perfect for the whole family, it has a variety of treats and features a garden terrace, boutique, museum, and 18-hole chocolate-themed miniature golf course.
Have enough vacation time to leave the country? You'll be happy you did once you visit these delicious destinations.
New York City, USA: $271
Americans' love affair with chocolate is no secret! While candy bars are easy to find in convenience stores and vending machines, many shops throughout the country offer more luxurious alternatives, such as:
- Hershey's Chocolate World: Mix your favourite sweet treats at this interactive experience.
- Max Brenner: A bar where you can indulge to your heart's desire and still drive home.
- Jacques Torres Chocolate: The award-winning founder is known as Mr. Chocolate. Enough said.
Barcelona, Spain: $173
Chocolate has been enjoyed in the country since the 1500s when it was originally enjoyed only by aristocrats, but nowadays it's available to everyone, thank goodness!
- Oriol Balaguer: If you like to experiment with flavours, you'll enjoy this spot where you can mix chocolate with cheese, liqueurs and more.
- Fargars: Aside from the chocolate, a visit here allows you to experience part of history as it's the the oldest chocolate shop in the city and third-oldest shop of any kind.
Brussels, Belgium: $148
This is a country that takes chocolate very seriously, creating more than 172,000 tons of chocolate each year and housing more than 2,000 chocolate shops - including the popular Godiva brand. These numbers are even more impressive considering the size of this small country.
- Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate: Educate yourself on the history of chocolate and how it made its way around the world. Visitors can also see a demonstration by a master chocolate maker.
- Wittamer Café: This 100-year-old family-owned business has a chocolate boutique and a pink tearoom - the perfect place to sit, relax and indulge in some freshly baked treats.
Zurich, Switzerland: $196
Switzerland has long faced off with Belgium for the title of best chocolate destination and is also home to famous brands including Lindt & Sprüngli. A trip to the country isn't complete without visiting one of its chocolate attractions.
- Teuscher: The chocolate here has an interesting past having been created by a master chocolate maker who searched the world to find the best cocoa, nuts, and other ingredients to make his now famous recipes.
- Lindt Chocolate Factory Shop: It might feel overwhelming, but in the best way possible! You're pretty much guaranteed to find the bar of your dreams.
SPECIAL MENTION: Oaxaca, Mexico
Here chocolate is considered "the drink of the gods" and it's heavily consumed with statistics showing an average of 5.5 pounds consumed per resident each year.
- Abastos Market (also called Central de Abasto): In this bustling market you'll find artisan chocolate stalls where you can try the authentic traditional recipes.
If you can't decide on just one chocolate destination, why not make it a tour? Plus if you're part of the Welcome Rewards™ loyalty program, you'll get one free** night for every 10 stayed, which really just means one thing - more money for chocolate! Tell us your favourite on Twitter at @hotelsdotcomCA with #ChocolateBunnies
*The price listed beside each city represents the average hotel price paid by Canadian travellers per night in 2013 (excluding taxes and fees), according to the latest Hotel Price Index.
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