It is one of the world’s most popular delicacies, but few people know a lot about it. In the chocolate museum for chocolate lovers (Musée Gourmand du Chocolat) in Paris, you can taste your way through the evolution of chocolate. During a visit to the Musée Gourmand du Chocolat you will learn how the Mayans and then the Aztec used to grow cocoa trees, how cocoa beans conquered Europe, but also how cocoa is converted into chocolate. A master chocolate maker will make chocolates for you with a tasting sessions that is of course included in the visit. Visit now and try different chocolate products while watching how they are made and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate at the end.
The building has 3 floors. You start on the ground floor where you go into the history of cocoa and the use of cocoa. Starting with the Olmecs, Mayans, and Aztecs, you will learn more about the important role cocoa played in ancient cultures. Jump to the year 1502, when Christopher Columbus and his crew robbed a Maya merchant and confiscated some cocoa beans in the process. He was not impressed by the goods but nevertheless brought the cocoa beans back to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella as a curiosity. By the end of the 16th century, cocoa use was widespread across Europe.
The basement is one of the most fun parts of the museum. Here you will find very special chocolate creations like a very large Eiffel Tower of chocolate and a very large Arc de Triomphe made of chocolate. Extremely beautifully crafted, and incredibly detailed there are also fashion designs of chocolate such as dresses and heels. The dresses have actually been worn by real models.
You can also see how the process of making chocolate has become increasingly streamlined over the centuries. Look at demonstrations that take place in the basement every 25 minutes to discover the secret behind the glossy outer layer that makes chocolate cakes so attractive, and sample a few chocolate products made on the spot.
The chocolate maker will show you how pralinés with hazelnut in it are made. Before each session, you will watch a short film explaining how chocolate is produced nowadays, from harvesting cocoa until the final transformation to chocolate.
The best part of this demonstration: you can taste chocolate from different countries. Enjoy the creamy smoothness of Costa Rican chocolate, the delicious “melt-in-the-mouth” fruitiness of Peruvian chocolate, the sweet aromas of cocoa beans from Vanuatu and much more. You will also learn that chocolate has many benefits for your health.
Various objects and beans are exhibited in which information is always given in 3 languages: English, French and Spanish.
At the end of your visit, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate milk and take a look around in the museum shop to buy a book, souvenir or some chocolates.