Eating Chocolate is a favorite pastime in many parts of the world, but very few places can rival Europe’s selection of high-quality and diverse chocolate varieties. Talk about the luxurious truffles of France or the rich, dark chocolate bars of Spain, the smooth and creamy Swiss chocolate to the decadent and rich Belgian chocolate, European chocolatiers have honed their craft to produce some of the most mouth-watering and luxurious chocolates imaginable. Europe is indeed a chocolate lover’s paradise.
In this article, we take a closer look at some of the finest chocolates in Europe.
Indulge your taste buds with Novesia Chocolate, a heavenly German chocolate maker based in the town of Aachen. The company takes pride in crafting artisanal chocolates using only the finest, sustainably-sourced ingredients 一including luscious single-origin cocoa beans from the verdant lands of Madagascar and Venezuela. Novesia offers a wide range of chocolate flavors, including decadently dark chocolate with a hint of sea salt, milk chocolate with roasted hazelnuts, and creamy white chocolate with a tangy twist of raspberry.
If you are traveling through Europe on the Berlin to Prague train, make a stop by and treat yourself to this German delight. One bite will definitely leave you craving more.
Heavenly taste! That perfectly describes Zotter Chocolate. If you’re a chocolate lover planning a trip to Austria, you won’t want to miss Zotter. The family-owned business is located in Riegersburg, Austria, where it uses only organic and fair-trade ingredients in crafting its delectable chocolates. Zotter offers various unique and innovative chocolate flavors, including some unconventional combinations like cheese and wine or chili and lemongrass.
One of Zotter’s chocolates you have to try is the “Blossom Honey and Blue Cheese” chocolate, which combines the sweetness of honey with the sharpness of blue cheese for a unique and unforgettable taste. And when you are ready to explore more of Austria, hop on the Budapest to Vienna train for a comfortable and scenic journey through the country’s stunning landscape.
3. Lindt & Sprüngli
In Switzerland? Treat yourself to the famous Lindt & Sprüngli chocolate. We recommend their chocolate truffles, made using a unique melting and cooling process that creates a smooth and creamy texture that melts in your mouth. That’s not all, Lindt has a wide variety of chocolates to choose from, including milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and white chocolate, all available in different forms, shapes, and flavors. Whatever your taste in chocolate is, very few brands come close to the rich taste that Lindt chocolate provides.
4. Hotel Chocolat
Not to be deceived by its french-sounding name, Hotel Chocolat is actually a British chocolatier that was founded in 1993. The company is known for its innovative chocolate flavors, created using high-quality ingredients and a commitment to ethical and sustainable sourcing.
“Batons” are what the Hotel Chocolat brand is most known for. Its chocolate is carved into curvy little slabs that taste ridiculously good. It offers a wide range of chocolates, including dark chocolate with orange and geranium, milk chocolate with caramel and sea salt, and white chocolate with lemon and poppy seeds. All of this is done with its own cocoa grown on the isles of Saint Lucia.
5. Maison Cailler
Maison Cailler is a Swiss chocolatier that has been perfecting the act of chocolate-making since 18191! Their signature “Milk Chocolate with Whole Hazelnuts,” which features whole roasted hazelnuts embedded in smooth and creamy milk chocolate, is a treat that’s hard to resist.
And the best part? You can actually visit their chocolate factory and museum in Switzerland, where you can get to learn the history of chocolate-making and watch skilled artisans create mouth-watering chocolate masterpieces right before your eyes! And, of course, no visit to Maison Cailler without sampling some of their delectable chocolates. Trust us, your sweet tooth will thank you!
6. Harrer Chocolat
If you’re a chocolate lover visiting Prague, Harrer Chocolat is one you would not want to miss. This Czehc chocolatier has been tantalizing taste buds since 1991 with their handcrafted chocolates made from the finest ingredients, including premium cocoa beans sourced from exotic locations like Madagascar and Ecuador.
What really sets Harrer Chocolat apart is its range of chocolate. Try out their dark chocolate infused with a spicy kick of chili or the milk chocolate with a salty-sweet combo of salted caramel. And for those who prefer a lighter touch, their white chocolate with raspberry and delicate rose petals is a true delight for the senses.
7. Côte d’Or
We don’t consider you a chocolate fanatic if you do not have a history with Côte d’Or Chocolate. The Belgian chocolatier has been creating chocolates that are a true indulgence for the senses since the 1880s.
Their range of chocolate flavors is simply irresistible, from the classic milk chocolate with crunchy hazelnuts to the more adventurous dark chocolate with a zesty burst of orange peel. And for those who prefer a creamy touch, their white chocolate with smooth vanilla is simply divine. But the real stars of the show are Côte d’Or’s “Mignonnette” and “Chotokoff” chocolates – small, bite-sized treats that are perfect for satisfying your chocolate cravings on the go.
Europe is a treasure trove of fine chocolates, and these chocolatiers are among the best on the continent. Each one of the chocolate brands discussed above brings something special to the table, either in terms of it’s their commitment to sustainability, innovative flavor combinations, or traditional techniques. The next time you’re in Europe, be sure to indulge in some of these mouth-watering chocolates. You’ll be sure to thank us later.