Barcelona, a Paradise for Chocoholics

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Chocolate in Barcelona

Barcelona, a Paradise for Chocoholics

Catalans take their food history and culture seriously and nothing inspires them like a cup of thick, bitter chocolate served alongside fluffy, oblong melindros. This tradition of the afternoon merinda, similar to English tea, began with Columbus’ arrival in Barcelona with a fistful of unprocessed cacao beans. From its quiet beginnings to its global dominance as an affordable luxury, chocolate has shaped Barcelona’s eating culture.

Barcelona is a surprise chocolate lover’s paradise. A generation of adventurous chocolatiers is flourishing here, the latest practitioners of a long tradition of chocolate artistry that has been regenerated by the culinary revolution started by El Bulli’s Ferran Adrià. In recent years, several young, dynamic pastry chefs have opened sophisticated new chocolate shops.

Local chocolate making dates back to the 16th century, when cacao first arrived here from the New World, a gift from the Spanish conquistadors to Spain’s royal court. While mass-marketed chocolates flourished throughout the rest of Europe, Spanish artisans remained fiercely individualistic. Independent chocolate shops have historically been found throughout Barcelona.
So if you have something of a sweet tooth, Barcelona is a veritable delight that will reward your addiction to all things sugary with a billion and one options. Spanish and Catalans like things super-sweet, and Barcelona has the best of the best chocolate.

Here we have some suggestions for the chocoholics:

1.Museu de la Xocolata Barcelona
The Barcelona Chocolate Museum was founded by the Barcelona Confectionery Guild (El Gremi de Pastisseries de Catalunya) in 2000 in a former convent in the Born area of Barcelona’s old city. The museum takes visitors on a journey through the history of chocolate from the discovery of the cocoa bean in the New World to its modern day popularity. At Easter, the museum hosts an annual “mona” contest.

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Monas are chocolate sculptures, which can be famous buildings, people, or cartoon characters. Chocolate makers display their “monas” in the windows of their shop during Barcelona Easter week and try to outshine each other with sheer creativity and inventiveness.And what chocolate museum would be complete without a cafeteria that serves hot chocolate and other tempting treats.
Address: Calle Comerç, 36, 08003 Barcelona


2.Casa Amatller

You can find delicious chocolate in Barcelona on elegant shopping street Passeig de Gracia the stunning modernist building Casa Amatller. Casa Amatller was the chocolate manufacturer Amatller’s family townhouse. The Amatller familiy chocolate business started in1797 in Carrer de Manresa in the Born area of Barcelona and was owned by the Amatller family right up until the 1960ies.

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After that Amatller brand was bought and re-sold several times and finally acquired in 1972 by Chocolates Simón Coll. The Coll family company, now in its sixth generation of dedication to chocolate, has been producing Chocolate Amatller for the last 40 years, following the brand’s tradition and quality. Guided tours of Casa Amatller include visits to the entrance hall, Antoni Amatller’s photographic studio and tasting of Amatller chocolate in the original kitchen.

3.Carrer de Petrixol
Petrixol Street in the gothic part of Barcelona near Las Ramblas is not only one of the most charming streets in the gothic area, but also the epicentre of chocolate in Barcelona with is a long tradition of serving chocolate. Some of Barcelona’s best chocolate shops, chocolate cafes and xocolaterias are side by side on Carrer de Petrixol.Among the most popular are Granja La Pallaresa ,the Xocoa chocholate shop and cade and Granja Dulcinea.

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