Musée Les Secrets du Chocolat (Museum of Chocolate Secrets)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMusée Les Secrets du Chocolat (The Museum of Chocolate Secrets) is located in Geispolsheim, France, just a few minutes outside of Strasbourg.  If France is shaped vaguely like a five-point star, we can visualize Geispolsheim as being situated near the tip of the Northeast arm, jutting into Germany.  Boasting many small, beautiful villages nestled into hilly, forested terrain, the Northeast region of France is well worth a visit.  While you’re there, be sure to stop at this whimsical, old fashioned chocolate museum!

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Cacao

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Inner Cacao Pod (Beans and Pulp)

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Grinding Cacao

At a glance, admission can seem a bit steep ( 8 Euro for adults, 6.50 Euro for children ages 5-15, children 4 and under are free).  While visiting the museum is a bit of a splurge, it is indeed very informative and entertaining.  After meandering through diorama displays depicting the Aztec history of chocolate, visitors are able to explore a wide variety of antique chocolate manufacturing equipment, ranging from heavy duty kitchen appliances to intricately shaped tin chocolate molds.

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Roaster

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Mixer

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Antique Kitchen

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Tin Molds

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Creepy Victorian Display

The best part – at least according to pint size travelers – are the abundant chocolate samples available at the end of each visit.  A long table laden with big bowls of chocolate confections makes an irresistible stop for visitors of all ages.

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Samples

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Samples

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More Samples

Before you leave, be sure to peruse the gift shop.  The wide variety of chocolate items range in price from just a few Euro cents to, well, very expensive.  The sights and delightful aromas make for fun window shopping and delicious travel souvenirs!

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Chocolate High Heels!

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Chocolate Fish!

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