I just happened to pick up a brochure in the lobby of a hotel in Paris entitled “A Chocolate Story” and decided to visit The Chocolate Museum located on rue Bonne Nouvelle, so I asked my daughter to accompany me this chilly Saturday afternoon. Upon entering the museum, we were pleasantly greeted with the scent of chocolate and samples of four different chocolates coming from different parts of the world. This informative exhibit is composed of three floors where one discovers the history of chocolate starting from the Aztecs to the present day.
The first floor displays the early growth of the “cacao tree”; the process of removing the beans from the pods, grinding, forming cacao powder and ancient cacao recipes. The second floor begins with the arrival of the hot chocolate drink in France and other European countries then finally its arrival to America. An excellent display of hot chocolate pots and exquisite porcelain cups and saucers used expressly for hot chocolate. The third floor displays posters, prints, and information on famous chocolatiers in Europe and America. There is a short film to view followed by a chocolate demonstration and tasting.
Finally, the tour concludes with a visit to the small gift shop which sells delicious chocolate treats for purchase. This experience is a delightful way to spend a rainy afternoon in Paris.
Dr. Brenda Bowe Johnson