The world’s greatest chocolate destinations

Last updated 09:00 29/05/2014

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Whether it's good for you or not, if you're a self-confessed, globe-trotting chocaholic then look no further.

Expedia has put together this list of the best cocoa-fuelled experiences in the world and we think there's no better way to keep your energy levels pumping on your travels than with regular doses of deliciously rich chocolate.

Guaranteed to take you to some special, sugar-laced places, check out the best spots to indulge in.

Montreux-Gruyères-Broc, Switzerland

How does a chocolate-themed commute sound? Forget the boring train you catch to work every day - in Switzerland they do things a little differently.

Take the gorgeous 19th-century belle époque Pullman car that runs from Montreux to Broc and alight at some pretty unique food destinations along the way.

Starting on the Swiss Riviera, the first-class Swiss Chocolate Train chugs it's way along mountain passes to the home of the country's most famous cheese - Gruyère - before continuing on to the Cailler-Nestlé factory where you can see your favourite creations being made and indulge in a tasting session.

Madrid, Spain

Get your late-night chocolate fix from one of Madrid's many churrerías. Serving churros (waffle-like sticks of savoury fried dough) alongside pots of rich melted chocolate dipping sauce, most places are pumping from 4am to breakfast - expect an eclectic mix of party people and early risers.

Get yours at Chocolateria Valor on Calle de Postigo de San Martin - a Spanish institution, this premier chocolate-maker has been churning out sugar-spiked churros since 1881.

Central Pennsylvania, USA

You know when you have a craving for chocolate? It's 3pm and you know you can't get through the day without a cocoa fix? Well imagine immersing yourself in the stuff.

It doesn't get more intense than that, and it's exactly what's on offer at The Spa At Hotel Hershey - home of American's iconic brand of chocolate bar. 

The three-storey European-style spa's treatment menu reads like a chocoholic's dream - but our favourite is the utterly indulgent 'whipped cocoa bath' and deliciously enveloping 'chocolate fondue wrap'. We're salivating just thinking about it. 

Brussels, Belgium

You know Belgium has a special place in its heart for chocolate, in fact the pocket-sized country has more than 2000 specialist shops selling all manner of sweet treats.

But if you really want to learn more about this ancient delicacy, head to the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate

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Established in 1998 by a family of artisan chocolatiers, this comprehensive attraction has exhibits covering every you can think of do with chocolate - from ornate sculptures hand-chiseled from block of the sweet stuff to edible choc-based clothing and regular praline-making demonstrations.

Turin, Italy

You haven't tasted hot chocolate until you've sipped a cup of cioccolato caldo. Thick, slightly bitter and almost always topped with heaps of whipped cream, it's easy to see you Turin is considered to be Italy's chocolate capital.

If you plan on a late night, ask for your bicerin style, which means it will come with a shot of espresso. You will find the drink served all over town, but to really celebrate its brilliance, head here in February for the Cioccola-Tò chocolate festival.

Yucatan, Mexico

Established by two culinary scientists from Belgium, ki´Xocolatl is an exotic cacao plantation and chocolate boutique that pays tribute to Mexico's ancient love of the humble bean - in fact, the team have made their very own version of the Mayan and Aztec tribes' favourite chocolate drink containing native ingredients such as cocoa, cinnamon and chillies.

Explore the plantation and feast on delicious creations such as milk chocolate with oregano and almonds, and dark chocolate with pink pepper.

If you're a globetrotting chocaholic with some favourite sweet spots around the world, leave a comment.

- Stuff


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