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“Fun little side trip”

ChocoMuseo Punta Cana
Ranked #12 of 46 things to do in Punta Cana
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Owner description: More than a museum, ChocoMuseo is also an artisanal chocolate factory where we make our own chocolate from the beans to the bars with selected Dominican organic cacao. The visit of the chocolate factory and museum is totally free and we offer a free tour to teach you about the history of cacao and chocolate, the cacao tree in the nature and how cacao is transformed into chocolate. It is also a place where our visitors can participate into chocolate workshops where they have the possibility to elaborate their own chocolate from the cacao beans. You can choose the type of the workshop to participate. The workshop "FROM COCOA BEAN TO CHOCOLATE BAR" lasts 2 hours. Participant will find how to prepare handmade chocolate and learn all the steps from the harvest of the cacao in a plantation to the obtention of a chocolate bar. From the cacao beans you will roast them, peel them, and grind them into a paste. This cacao paste is used to prepare the first known cacao drink (invented by the Mayas), the traditional chocolate. In the end, from refined chocolate you will prepare your own chocolate bonbons with topping on your taste that you can take back home. Mini-workshop "UNIQUE CHOCOLATE BONBONS", 35 minutes. During this mini-workshop you will prepare the set of super chocolate bonbons using white, black and milk chocolate. Different molds and different toppings will help to create a set of unique handmade organic chocolate bonbons. Book the time of your workshop by phone or via our web-site.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Olga gave us a great tour. She quickly got to the best part - the tasting! All the flavored rums where wonderful as were the jams. The cigar tour was just long enough - we got the idea how they are made, and then were able to shop for them. We liked the gift shop, the prices were better than the hotel. The chocolate shop, tobacco shop and gift shop were all 3 good sources for souvenirs without taking all day.
Our shuttle driver Alberto was especially charming. He gave us a memorable concert on the drive back to the hotel.

Thank Terri S
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Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

Interesting to see the place, worth the trip to go see and to get authentic Cuban cigars next door. We learned more about cocoa plants when we went on a safari excursion but it was still a great place to see. The chocolate bars were very pricey... About 7 bucks a piece. But overall a good trip.

Thank EllieB983
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

My husband & I loved our tour. Melia Caribe arranged our transportation to the museums which was free. Once we arrived, we went to the Cigar factory. We were very impressed that upon arrival were asked what language we spoke. We had people that arrived with us who spoke German and they had an interpreter for our group and theirs. Carlos offered cigars to anyone who wanted one....hubby loved that! We learned how the cigars were rolled, cut, ect. We then went to the huge humidor, to shop, and then to the store where you can buy chocolate, rum, and much more.
After our cigar tour we went to the ChocoMuseo. There we signed up to learn how to make chocolate. Our tour guide was Olga..she was great! We got to roast, then crack open our cocoa beans and grind them to powder. Olga explained the history of Chocolate. We made tea with the shells, then hot chocolate with the powder. We also got to make our own chocolate in molds to take home with us. We really loved our tour, learned a'lot and highly recommend it to anyone. It was well worth the 35.00.

4  Thank houghton3
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

My partner and I have just been to the chocolate museum and cigar museum. They're tiny.
It's worth the trip as it is free and the chocolate factory was very informative with lots of sampling which everyone loves! The man that showed us around was very passionate but it angers me when the staff are very pushy into making a sale, unfortunately this was the case here. We bought two bars of chocolate but we were hassled constantly to buy more. We did not give in though. I understand they are trying to make a sale but we had purchased enough. It's a quick half hour or so tour.
The cigar factory was disappointing. None of the staff spoke any English so other than viewing the finalising of a cigar, we didn't learn much.
Slightly intimidating also as three staff members were casually walking around with shot guns.
We also had to wait a long time for transport back to the hotel but other than that, it's something different to do in the Dominican Republic.

2  Thank Jessica S
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Sylvie B, Manager at ChocoMuseo Punta Cana, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2013

Hi Jessica,
Thank you for your comment. All the reviews are important to us as we are always willing to improve our service. We are very sorry to learn that your experience in ChocoMuseo Punta Cana has been spoiled by the pushy attitude of our staff. As you saw, more than a museum providing information about more than 2000 years of chocolate history, ChocoMuseo is also a place totally dedicated to our favorite treat. We would like to remind you that our mission is really to promote Dominican cacao and chocolate making the best artisanal chocolate from selected organic Dominican cacao beans. We are always trying to provide an unforgettable experience to all our visitors and hope we succeed to share our passion for chocolate with you anyway. Enjoy your chocolate bars and don t forget that ‘’Anything is good if it's made of chocolate’’!
Chocolatier greetings,

Sylvie Bardy
Manager ChocoMuseo Punta Cana

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Reviewed June 28, 2013

We stopped at this ChocoMuseo during our tour with Punta Cana Mike. Francisco gave a little explanation of how the cocoa beans are harvested and the chocolate is made and then SAMPLES!!! The chocolate is very good. It was a fun stop.

Thank angiedeebee
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