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Cacao Connections Amsterdam

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Savour the taste and story of chocolate during this guided walking tour of Amsterdam. Learn about Amsterdam's chocolate history and discover its best chocolate spots.
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Tom_10003 wrote a review Oct 2017
New York City, New York2 contributions
I was positively surprised that this tour not only gave us the chance to taste some of the yummiest chocolate I have ever had, but that I also learned a lot about the history of Amsterdam and the tradesman ship of the Dutch. Hence there was much to the tour than "just" tasting chocolate. I also appreciated getting to know more about where that praline thing or the chocolate bar actually comes from. What are the steps behind us being able to eat chocolate in the way we do. Some people in our group weren't chocolate lovers but they also found the tour great since it gave us so many different impressions, experiences and insights that were beyond purely indulging in delicious and varied chocolate. Did you know you can make beer from chocolate? I didn't. But now I do. And I also tasted it! Highly recommended for families, groups and couples.
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Date of experience: October 2017
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David Z wrote a review Sep 2017
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A wonderful way to see the city, for those with a short time, or those who have been many times. We didn't know that Amsterdam is THE world hub of chocolate. Nor would we ever have found the little alleyways filled with artisanal treats (like fresh baked cookies with a twist) or ancient treasures (like cloisters amidst the blocks). Fun for kids and adults alike.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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Kristen L wrote a review Sep 2017
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We took the Chocolate Tasting walking tour with Cacao Connection on September 2, 2017 – four adults, two children (13 and 8), and one infant. It was a wonderful tour and the perfect way to spend the afternoon. We were to meet our tour guide in Dam Square and, even though it was very crowded, she was easy to find. Our tour guide spoke superb English and we had no problems understanding her. Though it was a walking tour, we didn’t find it to be a lot of walking and we kept to a compact, easily-to-navigate area of Amsterdam. Before our first tasting stop, we were educated on some of the historical significance of Dam Square (and even as an Amsterdam resident, I was not aware of the information shared). Our first stop was a short walk and had a comfortable seating area. It was there where we were given really interesting details on Amsterdam’s critical connection to the European chocolate industry as well as a very nice overview on how chocolate is made (including props, color photos, and tastes of chocolate in various stages of production). The tour guide was very engaging with the children and kept their interest throughout. Additional stops included a truffle shop, a “chocolate gallery” where you could have tastes of any of the chocolates they sell, and an amazing little hidden store that sells one specialty chocolate item (it apparently isn’t that hidden, because there was a line, but we lived just a couple blocks away from this store and had no idea it existed!). Along the way the tour guide pointed out areas of historical significance and shared relevant Amsterdam trivia with the group. The total tour was around 2.5 hours and there was PLENTY of tastings – a variety of chocolates, truffles, hot chocolate, chocolate tea, chocolate beer, ice cream, cookies, and, of course, all the chocolate we wanted to taste at the Chocolate Gallery. It was the perfect “dessert” tour following our lunch! We would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in a walking tour and likes chocolate and/or who doesn’t want the “traditional” Dutch food of herring, cheese, sausage, and beer that is part of the standard Amsterdam food tours (while we may like this food, the kids definitely would not).
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Date of experience: September 2017
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