Famous Museums of Chocolate, Part IV
Visiting museums of chocolate in Canada
In parts I-III of this series, we told you about famous museums of chocolate all over Europe, from Switzerland to Italy to England --a total of 11 European countries boast chocolate museums. In Part IV, we'll explore museums of chocolate on this side of the pond, in Canada. Quebec and New Brunswick please extreme chocolate fans in a few different ways.
In enchanting Quebec City, the Choco-Musée Érico offers a little bit of everything. First opened in 1987 as a confectionery, then expanded into a chocolate factory, shop, and museum. The boutique museum offers the history of chocolate, told through chocolate--the figures crafted in the dioramas as well as the seasonal window displays outside the museum, come from varieties of chocolate.
The museum also features a window overlooking the kitchen, for those inclined to watch the godly process. And don't forget to peruse the gorgeous collection of chocolate sweets and treats, hot chocolates, and chocolate pots for purchase in the shop, and gorge yourself on one or all.
Quebec also plays host to a chocolate museum at the Confiserie Bromont, which boasts of a chocolate ambiance for the whole family. This museum recommends that you make reservations as early as possible to visit this museum. The tour includes a video on picking the cocoa bean, a demonstration of creating a chocolate mold, and a chocolate tasting. You won't come away empty-handed from the boutique, where boxes of house chocolates and bonbons surround you in a dizzying array.
Venturing much further east, the aptly named Chocolate Museum located in the small town of St. Stephen in New Brunswick, and very close to the Maine border. The town holds an annual Chocolate Festival and was registered in 2000 as "Canada's Chocolate Town." The Chocolate Museum opened in 1999 to highlight the important role of Ganong Brothers, Ltd. to chocolate in Canada, and worldwide.
James and Gilbert Ganong invented the first chocolate-nut bar in North America, and also introduced the heart-shaped chocolate box in 1932. The museum features an interactive history of the Ganong candy-making business, a chocolate-themed shop, and a "Heritage Chocolate Walk." The Walk is offered in the summer and offers a walking tour of buildings important to both St. Stephens and Ganongs--a great idea after imbibing all that chocolate. Check with this museum of chocolate before dropping by, as they were expecting to renovate beginning in November 2008.
See one need not leave the confines of North America to find famous chocolate museums to peruse!