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Chocostory: Le Musée Gourmand du Chocolat
Chocostory: Le Musée Gourmand du Chocolat Review
Considering that a daily dose of chocolate is practically obligatory in Paris, it's hard to believe that this newcomer (opened in 2010) is the city's first museum dedicated to the sweet stuff. Spread across three floors, exhibits tell the story of chocolate from the earliest traces of the "divine nectar" in Mayan and Aztec cultures, through to its introduction in Europe by the Spanish, who added milk and sugar to the spicy dark brew and launched a continental craze. There are detailed explanations in English, with many for the kids. While the production of chocolate is a major topic, there is a respectable collection of some 1,000 chocolate-related artifacts, such as terra-cotta Mayan sipping vessels (they blew into straws to create foam) and delicate chocolate pots in fine porcelain that were favored by the French royal court. There are frequent chocolate-making demonstrations, which finish with a free tasting.
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