Have you all forgotten you’re New Year’s resolutions to eat more healthily yet? Good because today we’re looking for the best places for all sweet-toothed travellers to visit.
Cadbury World, Birmingham
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We’ll start off close to home with a visit to Cadbury World near Birmingham. It’s a must visit for any English chocoholic, not only do you get to see the chocolate being made, but there’s plenty of opportunity for sampling! There are interactive exhibits aimed at the kids, and this is one tourist attraction where the gift shop is a highlight. It is the world’s biggest Cadbury shop after all! You now need to book tickets in advance – click here.
Wonka Candy Store, New York
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Sadly I’ll never find a land as amazing as Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory from the Roald Dahl novel, but they’ve done their best to recreate it at the Wonka candy store in New York. Situated inside the gigantic Toys R Us in Times Square, the store has the scent of chocolate pumped in, oversized sweet packets and the odd Oompa Loompas (well, I can imagine they’re hiding out there).
Chocolate World Heritage, Hong Kong
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After something a little more highbrow? Then check out the Chocolate World Heritage exhibition, on now at the Gallery by the Harbour, Hong Kong. Italian chocolatier, Mirco Della Vecchia has recreated incredibly detailed sculptures of famous buildings including the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Stonehenge and Abu Simbel out of white chocolate. There’s also a chocolate maze at the Harbour City shopping centre. Sounds delicious… but you need to be quick for this sugar rush, both end 20th February 2011.
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Food fans rejoice – there is a festival wholly dedicated to Chocolate. The CioccolaTÒ, chocolate festival is held every year in Turin. In 2011 the festival is held between 17th March and 3rd April. If previous years are anything to go by then you can look forward to days with themes like Spices, Dark and Milk, presentations on chocolate, demonstrations of chocolate and hundreds upon hundreds of different chocolate vendors – just think of all those samples!
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