CHOCOLATE TASTING EXPERIENCES IN AFRICA
In celebration of World Chocolate Day – and Chocolate in general – we decided to explore a few Chocolate Tasting Experiences found in Africa. From South Africa to Ghana, an array of Chocolatiers and exquisite tastings await your arrival for an indulgent experience.
1. De Villiers Chocolate Tasting at Spice Route
Location: Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.
Pieter De Villiers spent 25 years working in the engineering field; some could say it helped his success in becoming one of South Africa’s leading Chocolatiers. With a passion for local and artisanal food markets, Pieter decided to explore the world of chocolate. With this leap, he has crafted delicious and sustainable chocolate bars, coffee and ice cream.
De Villiers Chocolate is a taste sensation as each chocolate bar is different from the next. You can mix and match your chocolate flavours, depending on your chocolate preference. We recommend you be bold and try a few unusual flavours during your tasting. Pair salty sea salt chocolate bars with citrusy orange chocolate bars. De Villiers Chocolate is located less than one hour from Cape Town, within the uniquely designed Spice Route.
Tastings are available daily between 09h00 – 16h30. Each tasting can be arranged with a selection of Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, no-added-sugar chocolate, or nut butter chocolate. The range of locally sourced and produced chocolate caters for all dietary preferences.
No one has to be left behind when visiting De Villiers Chocolate.
2. Afrochoc Tasting at Chocolate Factory
Location: Mulunguzi, Zomba, Malawi
Proudly Malawian, AfroChoc is made from pure cacao beans and infused with a range of flavours. Each chocolate is made with the richness of Belgian chocolate and a touch of African-infused flavours. Laura Schuerwegen, the owner of AfroChoc, arrived in Malawi to find that there were no gourmet chocolate shops around. And what happens when we do not find gourmet chocolates?
In Laura’s case, make your own!
Each chocolate bar has been carefully thought through and created with determination and hard work. Not only has AfroChoc created great awareness of gourmet chocolate in the country, but it is created many jobs for local and aspiring chocolatiers. The Chocolate Factory is located within the quiet residential area of Mulunguzi and is a short walk from the historic central and botanical gardens of Zomba. The Chocolate Factory features three beautifully appointed rooms, so you are never far away from the chocolate magic!
3. Latitude Craft Chocolate in Kampala
Location: Kampala, Uganda.
Created in 2016, Latitude Craft Chocolate started with the deep desire to build a sustainable traceable supply chain, serving the craft chocolate market with premium Ugandan cocoa while positively impacting thousands of households within Uganda.
Using locally sourced ingredients, from cocoa beans to added textures, Latitude is a sustainable company that has brought the flavours and culture of Africa’s pearl to your doorstep. Located within Kampala, Latitude Craft Chocolate offers tasting and demo classes for travellers wishing to experience the process of the smooth treat firsthand. These tastings must be booked in advance.
Visiting a locally sourced chocolate factory is not only beneficial to your sweet cravings. Latitude Craft Chocolates is a certified B Corporation in Uganda. This means, the company provides the highest standard of overall social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.
4. Chocolaterie Robert at La Chocolaterie Robert Factory
Location: Antananarivo, Madagascar
La Chocolaterie Robert was the first artisan chocolatier in the world who believed in the unique value of the aromatic profiles of cocoa from Madagascar, which was only recognized worldwide at the beginning of the 21st century. Locally produced in the capital city of Antananarivo, the exquisite chocolate bars are only found in Madagascar. Each process of Roberts Chocolates is executed to ensure quality – from the cocoa plant to the final packaging and product distribution.
Tastings and demo viewings can be arranged prior to arrival and are certainly worth a night or two in the Capital of Madagascar.
5. Chocolate Memories in Champagne Valley
Location: Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Made from pure cocoa butter and natural bourbon vanilla, the artisan chocolate made by Chocolate Memories is purely delicious. Nestled in Champagne Valley, the quaint shop is not only surrounded by South Africa’s largest mountain range. Chocolate Memories is surrounded but just that, memories and chocolate!
During your journey through the midlands, a pit stop at this chocolate shop is highly recommended. Besides complimentary chocolate tastings, the gem of the Midlands offers a range of hearty meals, coffee and chocolate pairings, decadent chocolate fondue and chocolate water… yes, CHOCOLATE WATER.
No more excuses when asked to drink a certain number of cups a day, when we have chocolate water, we will gladly make the quota!
6. Chocoloza in the City of Gold – Johannesburg
Location: Braamfontein, Gauteng, South Africa
Founded by Vicki Bain, who used her living experience in Belgium and roots in Africa to create the exceptional treat, Chocoloza is a quirky and professional Chocolate Lounge located in the up-and-coming suburb of Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The brand was developed when Vicki felt homesick during her time in Belgium. With all the exceptional chocolate around her, she decided to incorporate the two countries and voilà, Chocoloza was created.
Chocoloza is the perfect spot to spend some time indulging in chocolate, coffee, and other refreshments or to enjoy the buzzing surroundings. Shaded by old trees, the setting is toasty and covered with an aromatic chocolate smell.
As Chocoloza says: “Seriously Belgian. Naturally African.”
7. Midunu Chocolates Experience
Location: Accra, Ghana
The African-inspired Chocolatier, Selassie Atadika, created Midunu Chocolates with a passion for sharing the different flavours of Africa in each bite. The name of each chocolate truffle is given based on its inspiration – which is drawn from different countries around Africa. Once the chocolate has its inspiration infused, the final touches of elegant artwork is placed on each chocolate to create a feast for the eyes and not only the tummy.
Located in Ghana’s capital, Accra, the store offers a range of chocolate truffles to purchase or enjoy as a tasting. During your tasting tour, the technical side of the chocolate-making process is shown, followed by a brief history of Midunu and finally, a tasting of 6 to 20 different chocolate truffles that are made on-site.
Send your taste buds on a journey with handcrafted chocolate truffles as rich as Africa’s culinary heritage with Midunu Chocolates.
To conclude, Africa is not just a scenic mass that is rich with wildlife. The beautiful continent is filled with delectable treats and cuisine.
Pair your safari and scenic journey with a gourmet experience.