As someone who missed a plane at London’s Heathrow Airport once because I couldn’t stop watching the chocolate waterfall, I can appreciate the many wonderful sweet museums in the world. It would be impossible for a normal person to get to visit them all, but the best of the best should go on a sweet lover’s bucket list.
Candy museums usually offer the history of their own treats, with samples and opportunities to buy a supply of delicious treats to enjoy long after. Some have rides, but all have friendly assistants who want to help you find your favorite snack. Here is a list of some of the best candy museums in the world:
1. Hershey’s Chocolate World, Pennsylvania, PA
There are chocolate museums in Brussels, Germany, Canada, Orlando, Florida and Peru, among other places. Hershey’s Chocolate World stands out as an all-inclusive experience, with singing cows and a ride which teaches vicitors history. You can also take a class in the Chocolate Lab, or create your own candy bar. You can also do a countries of origin chocolate tasting experience. While Hershey’s chocolate is not the most sophisticated chocolate in the world, it is delicious and the museum is fun.
2. Choco-Story, Brussels, Belgium
Another chocolate factory, this one was created by the same people who created chocolate museums in Paris, Prague and Mexico City. Belgium is famous around the world for having delicious chocolate, and at Choco-Story, visitors have access to multiple floors in the musuem where they can watch chocolate being made and learn the history of chocolate. Choco-Story also has an interactive workshop where visitors can make their own concoctions. Activities which can be booked in advance include beer and chocolate tasting, special workshops with a chocolate maker, and children’s birthday parties.
3. Gelato Museum, Bologna, Italy
This is the only museum in the world dedicated to the history of artisan gelato. Like ice cream but better, gelato’s history is traced back as far as 12,000 B.C. The museum offers special experiences for various kinds of groups, including familes and preschoolers. There is a master class, and even a team building experience offered for companies wanting to build group experiences. Meeting rooms hold up to 50 people. The Gelato Museum is truly more than a venue, creating experiences for every walk of life.
4. The Haribo Sweets Museum, Uzes, France
Located in the South of France, this museum offers visitors a history of licorice, gummies and other kinds of sweets. It has hundered of old exhibits and documents, including historical posters and packages. The museum has reconstructed old machines to show visitors how confections were formerly made. Visitors can also get special Haribo Gold-Bears. Haribo is a popular source of gummies, which are available around the world now.
5. Szabo-Szamos Marzipan Museum, Szentendre, Hungary
Marzipan is a special confection made mainly out of sugar and honey and almond meal, which leads to its unique taste. At the Szabo-Szamos Marzipan Museum, visitors are treated to marzipan exhibits that are truly unique and unexpected. Artists have made many sculptures, including life-size sculptures of Michael Jackson and Princess Diana. Then visitors can watch one of the artists creating a new exhibit, and some of these edible sculptures can be bought in the museum shop. There are lessons about growing and processing cocoa, and beautiful porcelains on display in the chocolate salon. The third stage of the museum tour has century old candy boxes and a beautiful chocolate girl made out of about 170 pounds of marzipan. The tour ends with a chocolate pouring, where guests decorate chocolates they take with them.