Peruvian cuisine has been in the spotlight for sometime now, winning awards, inspiring new restaurants in Peru and abroad, and building a reputation that it earnestly deserves. This is in part thanks to the sheer diversity of spectacular ingredients the country boasts – and one of the finest is chocolate, with cocoa beans grown in Peru’s tropical regions. There’s no better way to sample this food than with a hands-on chocolate workshop Peru at the Choco Museo.
Choco Museo’s Chocolate Workshop Peru
Earlier this week, we went to visit the Chocolate Museum in Lima – or La Casa del Chocolate as its sign announces – to learn more about the treats and workshops that it has to offer. With a branch already in Cusco, as well as Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua, Choco Museo offers more than just your standard museum tour.
A Guided Chocolate Tour
The master chocolatiers here take you on a journey through time, giving you insight into the ancient history of cocoa in Peru and delivering you to the current understanding of this incredible plant in all of its varieties. Learn about the complex biology necessary to grow and maintain the plant, along with the production process of their organic fair-trade cocoa products sourced from Cusco’s nearby jungle region.
Bean to Bar Workshop
You can also join the chocolatiers for one of several hands-on experiences, including truffle-making, chocolate sculptures, and “Bean-to-Bar” workshops. Each workshop, perfect for groups of all sizes, comes with personalized instruction and an opportunity to create your own delicious Peruvian chocolates and treats using a plethora of add-ins of your choice. Even better, you can take them home with you (if you can resist eating them right there on the spot, that is). The bean to bar chocolate making workshop is an activity that’s fun for all the family.
Visitors to the museum can enjoy other snacks and drinks on the outdoor patio area or in the café, and you can even purchase something for the road from the museum’s gift shop. My own souvenirs didn’t make it very far…!
Culinary Travel Peru
Interested in the best foodie experiences in a culinary tour Peru? Check out Aracari’s Peru With Flavor itinerary, which can be tailored to your interests, travel dates and budget. Take in the highlights of Peru’s top destinations while dining in the world’s best restaurants, meeting top chefs, visiting colorful local markets and learning to cook Peruvian food.