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A museum for food lover ! The Choco-Story museum came about as a private initiative of the Van Belle family who are passionate about chocolate and who opened their first Choco-Story museum in Bruges in Belgium in 2004. A second museum was opened in Prague in the Czech Republic in 2008 and followed quite naturally by the opening of the gourmet chocolate museum in Paris in 2010.
The Gourmet Chocolate Museum, is one of the last museum open in Paris, and share with visitors the secret of chocolate over 4,000 years of history, from the Olmecs to our present day civilisation. But most of all, it will show you modern methods to make chocolate and will let you discover the gourmet flavours of cocoa.
The museum is composed of three separate parts, each telling the story of the origin and the evolution of chocolate, through a unique collection of a thousand of objects. The first level brings you to America where the cocoa beans are originally from. You'll go back 4 000 years ago when the Olmecs were the first people to start using cocoa, followed later by the Mayas, the Toltecs and the Aztecs.
The second level is orientated to the next step, the arrival of cocoa in Europe, followed during the 17th century by the opening of "tea and chocolate" rooms. A time where chocolate drinks were a delicacy reserved for the nobility, the upper classes and the clergy. The story goes on through the 19th century, where the manufacture of chocolate started to diversify. A time where chocolate could be found in various forms, both liquid and solid, as milk chocolate, chocolate bars, hollow figures and pralines. From this time on, everyone could have chocolate!
Finally the last part where, beyond the historical aspect, the museum also recounts in detail the methods of making chocolate, the ingredients that are used and how making chocolate has evolved over the centuries. The demonstration centre we will explain in detail how the best quality chocolate is made, time also to finally taste the chocolate produce on site.