With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I got to wondering whether it was actually possible to have too much chocolate.
Well, I did a little digging and found these three extraordinary experiences that will let you test that theory—I know, tough job, but somebody has to do it—by sampling a ridiculously wide range of indulgences produced from the seeds of the lowly cacao tree:
Hershey, Pennsylvania—the self-proclaimed “Sweetest Place On Earth”—is offering hundreds of chocolate-themed activities this February, ranging from family-friendly Chocolate Lab experiences that allow you to whip up your own tasty treats to romantic multi-course chocolate-themed dinners. To say nothing of the Spa at the Hotel Hershey, where you can wallow in signature treatments like the Whipped Cocoa Bath that sound good enough to eat.
This new Beijing attraction promises to be every bit as over-the-top as the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics. The 215,000 square-foot temperature-controlled indoor theme park opens tomorrow showcasing all kinds of chocolaty goodness, including scaled-down chocolate replicas of the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors. Best move fast if you hope to see it, however, as this real-life Willy Wonka fantasy shuts down for the season in April.
To say the folks at New York Chocolate Tours are a little obsessed with the stuff might actually be an understatement. They offer nearly a dozen walking tours each week that allow guests to sample the exotic delicacies of some of the Big Apple’s best gourmet chocolate purveyors.