November 4, 2009

A Visit to the Chocolate Museum

Barcelona, Spain - For a place known for great sights, shopping and beaches, food enthusiasts will also love Barcelona for one good reason, the chocolate museum!

The Museu de la Xocolata or Chocolate Museum is promoted by the Provincial Guild of Pastry Makers of Barcelona. It will take you on a tour of the origins of chocolate, its medicinal and aphrodisiac properties and its nutritional value. But what's more to see in the museum are the excellent works of art all made in chocolate!

Take a look at how chocolate artists turn this sweet treat into well-known cartoons.

Wall-E and Eve

Tin Tin and Captain Haddock

Do you remember the time when Homer Simpson graciously munched on potato chips while floating inside a space shuttle on his way to the moon? These artists certainly did, so they made a chocolate sculpture of it.

Chicken Little and his ever confident personality.

The characters from Asterix

Here are the other showcases that can be found in the Chocolate Museum.

The Chocolate Museum has designed several activites like the chocolate workshop, where a professional explains the characteristcs of chocolate, how it is worked, how it is handled and how a piece is made. A tasting workshop is also available where professional explains the different varieties of chocolate, their varieties and needless to some, how it should be enjoyed. If you plan to bring kids along, the dramatized visit will have the Goddess Chocoatl to guide the group of kids around the museum and introduce them to the magical world of chocolates by telling stories and playing games. The route to the discovery of cocoa is a tour based on a set of clues which will allow the young boys and girls to participate in a story which takes them back in time enroute to the present chocolate which we all know of. Of course, a simple guided visit where a person narrates and tours you around the area is also possible.

The best part of it is that a chocolate bar serves as your entrance ticket. :)

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