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“Amazing number of exhibits in a tiny location”

Erico - Creative Chocolate Shop and Chocolate Museum
Ranked #30 of 228 things to do in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A creative chocolate shop and an informative small chocolate museum where visitors can learn about the history of chocolate. The Chocolate Museum is free, self guided and displays more than 200 artifacts and objects related to chocolate history. All the displays now have their English version. Two video are presented (Artisan Chocolate Making and the Industrial Chocolate Making Process (French), from the cocoa tree to the chocolate bar). Watch the chocolatiers at work through a window while you try one of our 10 renowned hot chocolates. In the boutique, the chocolate lovers will find a great variety of classic and audacious handmade chocolates (try the Biquette, a chocolate with goat cheese and Bartlett pear puree!). Indulge yourself with one of our chocolate pastries (chocolate brownies, cookies, cupcakes and decadent chocolate cake) and during the summer, let yourself be tempted by one of the 69 homemade ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogourt and tofu offered! Érico is located in the Faubourg Saint-Jean Baptiste, a convivial part of the city, outside the touristic old walls, that is worth the visit.
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Considering its small size, basically just one large room, there are many interesting chocolate-oriented displays and interactive exhibits at Erico. You can try chips with different percentages of chocolate, you can try to match chocolate questions and answers on an electronic game, and you can marvel at some incredibly detailed chocolate sculptures. And then treat yourself at the end to a delicious snack or beverage in the shop! My family found the museum engaging and fun - albeit a brief stop on the trip to chocolate indulgence - but worth the visit. I highly recommend the frozen chocolate drink - refreshing and decadent.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

We spent more time in the museum than in the adjacent chocolate store. My 9 year old son liked the interactive exhibits. I liked the candy dispensing machines where you could insert a quarter and get a few pieces of single source chocolates in various percentages of pure cocoa. The store was a disappointment only because it was so small and crowded that I ended up not purchasing any truffles - which came in fantastic flavors like pear and goat cheese - the crowdedness was not from people buying chocolate, but ice cream. They need to reorganize the store so you can purchase chocolate without having to push your way through a line of ice cream customers that was out the door. Maybe move the ice cream up front (or even outdoors in the busy summer months)? It's a very small, narrow store, and having the ice cream in the back meant that the whole store was full of ice cream customers and it was too difficult to get to the chocolate cases and to get service at the chocolate cases. We were there in the mid-evening - maybe coming at a different time of day would have been less crowded.

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Choco-Musee, Owner at Erico - Creative Chocolate Shop and Chocolate Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2013

We appreciate your comments and understand your frustration (the chocolate with goat cheese and fresh pears in my favorite...!). A few years ago, the ice cream was served at front and we had the problem that visitors could not get into the museum with a 10 people lineup. We reorganized the store, increased its length as much as possible, and move the ice cream completely to the back to free the space in front of the chocolates counter and the museum entrance. It is much better now with this setup most of the time, but as you say, in the middle of the evening, after dinner, it gets very crowded for the ice cream and all the store's space gets filled with ice cream customers. During the summer, the crowded periods are at lunch time and in the evening between 7h30 and 9h30. The best time to visit us is before noon, in the middle of the afternoon or at dinner time. Unfortunately, the city regulations do not allow us to sell food on the sidewalk. I hope you will come back to Quebec City another time to taste our handmade chocolates!

Éric Normand, chocolatier.

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Reviewed June 19, 2013 via mobile

The "museum" does a good job of presenting the background of human development of chocolate. Then wander next door and try to narrow down which chocolate treat you'll try. Expect to pay more than you would at your local supermarket. Everything is made from scratch on the premises and you can watch them walk through the process.

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Reviewed June 19, 2013

Walking on St-Jean street on a warm day, you need to stop by Erico's creative chocolate for an Ice cream soaked in REAL melted chocolate!!

I went there in summer, after 6 pm, you'll get a two for one special on Ice cream soaked in chocolate. (4,50$ CAD)

Many creative choices! Great people! Awesome little stop to make!

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Reviewed May 26, 2013

The museum is not the best, but the chocolate is! My wife and I stopped in after a busy day of walking throughout the city. We ordered a bag full of Chocolates and cookies, and sat down and relaxed. We ordered a glass of milk, and seriously decimated the sweets we ordered. The cookies were soft and packed with flavor, and the individual chocolates were top notch. I'm usually not a big fan of chocolate like my wife, but for the hour I was there eating them, I honestly was. The museum is interesting enough to keep children occupied for a few min while you indulge with your much needed brake and relaxation. Take the time to head into this place! you're on vacation, why not?

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