Covering 3 floors, Choco-Story is a really young museum.
First created in Bruges, Belgium, in 2004, then in Prague, the Czech Republic, in 2008, the museum was born in 2010 in Paris.
As soon as you arrive, you're greated by the smell of chocolate items.
We enter the universe of a cacao tree plantation; the tour can start. By the way, we can almost feel like there: the sound of birds, the blow of the wind through the branches and look up, a blue sky worthy of South America! Your eyes will set on the videos showing the ritual of benediction of the site before the planting. Carried in the heart of the origins of chocolate, you roam an impressive collection of historic items.
Cocoa comes from South America, we know that already, but we learn more about the properties it was given, by the way, it used to be called “theobrama cacao” or gods’ food.And it was not eaten as we do know. You'll know more about iy.
We join the first floor, walking by the Wall of Fame, a wall displaying the prints of several celebrities molded in... chocolate of course. Nicoletta, Philippe Lavil, Thierry Marx, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean-François Piège and even Philippe Conticini are among the people who lay their hands in cocoa.
Othe wall decors: chocolate slabs galore.
The second floor is dedicated this time to the coming of chocolate in Europe and its evolution on the Ancient Continent. Cortez’s discovery, who updated the cocoa beverage to suit the European mouths (more sweetened, he removed spices), the success of the recipe with the Spanish nobility until its industrialization in the 20th century without forgetting its spread to the French royal court. You have the opportunity to admire a superb showcase window with an impressive collection of crockery: period pieces dedicated to the famous chocolatey drink and many other by-products.
Old and recent items used by chocolate makers are displayed there.
New in this museum: (dark, white, milk) chocolate pistoles machines (there's something for everyone) pace the tour. You can get as much as you want and enjoy them on the spot. You're expected to be reasonable and not put some in your pockets, it's forbidden.
Then, we climb down stairs to the basement and this is where lays the most interesting part of the museum, the laboratory. A chocolate-maker awaits us to tell us everything about chocolate making. And who knows, you may be allowed to taste if you're nice.
The basement also displays exhibitions of some giant chocolate sculptures changing over time.
We go back up through the store, a mandatory stop. You can enjoy hot cocoa like the Aztecs used to do for only €3 and leave with some keepsakes if you can't resist the chocolate call.
You get it know, we love this gourmet chocolate museum!
Choco-Story, le Musée du choco
28 boulevard Bonne Nouvelle
75010 Paris 10
Enfant - de 6 ans: Free
Tarif enfant de 6 à 12 ans: 8 €
Tarif réduit: 10 €
Plein tarif: 11 €