Museo Del Chocolate
A visit to Cuba wouldn't be complete without sampling a little bit of one of the most delicious thing that grows on a tree: cacao beans. Visitors to the Museo del Chocolate at the corner of Mercaderes and Armargura Streets, in the core of Old Havana, are welcome to observe the staff as they make small plain chocolates and others that come in a variety of shapes like owls, bunnies, and boats. Although the museum doesn't have an immense amount of artefacts to display due to it being more of a cafe, this is one place visitors will be glad to visit with their children while making their way through the streets of Havana.
As High Quality As It Gets
The chocolate used for every recipe in the Museo del Chocolate is from far Guantánamo province. Many people don't realize it, but the chocolate at home isn't always the highest of quality and can often contain as little as 10% cocoa content. Well, this is simply not the case at this quaint little cafe, and one can tell by how each bite of chocolate melts into a smooth pool on contact during tasting.
The History of Cuban Chocolate
As previously mentioned, the Museo del Chocolate isn't technically a museum, but it does have a display of some of the instruments used in early chocolate making in the area as well as packaging from various chocolates that were enjoyed throughout the last century. There are vintage canisters there as well that show how the product typically spoke for itself and didn't require flashy packaging in order to be sold. Spanish speaking tourists will also be able to read the packaging and see what marketing was like in days gone by.
The Hot Chocolate and Chocolate Treats
If visitors to the shop are looking to try out a chocolate-laden beverage, they've come to the perfect stop! Made in the style of most Latin American countries, the chocolate beverages contain chocolate with milk as opposed to packaged powder and water. This is how hot chocolate was intended to be! The Museo del Chocolate also offers the very chocolates made in the cafe with Cuban cacao, which children and adults will absolutely adore.
The Museo del Chocolate allows visitors to stop by, put their travel packs down, and let their senses take over. Thankfully, it has air conditioning, so important in Cuba hot weather. The pull here is, of course, the chocolate, which guests are welcomed to purchase for a midnight snack. There's also a bank right out front of the cafe that won't have the long queues that other currency exchanges in Old Havana do, which could be helpful for when you want to purchase extra chocolate.
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