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Celebrate the Caribbean with Chocolate!

By December 13, 2012

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Cocoa pods and beansTravel writer (and occasional About Caribbean Travel contributor) Baz Dreisinger recently penned a great story for the New York Times highlighting the growing ranks of chocolate producers in the Caribbean. Readers of my site know that I often tour rum as the ultimate in authentic Caribbean souvenirs, but of course it's not for everyone. Chocolate, on the other hand, is a relatively minor vice, and seemingly loved by everyone (notwithstanding its less-than-attractive origins as cocoa pods and beans, as seen at right).

Like rum, chocolate has been produced in the Caribbean since colonial days, but it has undergone a renaissance in recent years. Today, there are big chocolate plantations on islands like Tobago, St. Vincent, Dominica, and Grenada, and even a Hotel Chocolat on St. Lucia (Book Now). You can visit the cocoa fields, tour chocolate factories, and of course sample and purchase fine, locally made chocolates that are distinctly Caribbean in flavor.

Read more:A Chocolate Tour of the Caribbean

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