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“Just ok”
Review of ChocoMuseo

ChocoMuseo
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$105.70*
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Chocolate Museum Tour from Managua
Ranked #5 of 73 things to do in Granada
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Owner description: ChocoMuseo is the new Cacao and Chocolate Museum in Granada Nicaragua.It offers a great overview of the history, the nature and the manufacturing of the cacao and the chocolate. There is a chocolate factory located inside the museum and Cacao farm tours are offered..
New York
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28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Just ok”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

we really enjoyed looking at the history of chocolate information on the walls and the free tastings, even seeing the cocoa trees. However, we were sort of annoyed by the woman at the back insisting we try the spa ( although we told her we were not interested) and we all bought a piece of choclate for oursleves. However, once we got home the chocolate was nasty and bitter ( tasting were fresh and yummy) and looked like it had been sitting there along time as the color was faded. :-( So enjoy the free museum but dont buy the cocolate bars.

Visited July 2014
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Surf City, North Carolina
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“A place for younger children to make really bad chocolate”
Reviewed August 2, 2014

This place is trying very hard to be successful, but they need a focus and better chocolate. They offer a 2 hour chocolate making experience that includes a brief education about the bean to candy process. It would be much better to reserve certain classes for kids and others for adults, because it just isn't possible to engage 8 year olds with the same instructions as adults. One roasts the beans, grinds them, mixes flavorings, and sets the final product to chill. A return is required two hours later to pick up one's chocolate bar. When I tasted what I'd made, I threw it away--it was awful. To remember the experience, I bought chocolate bars they had made for sale, but they too were not edible. One of the claims by our teacher was that they make chocolate in a much faster process than the Swiss who spend twice as long mixing and beating their chocolate. There's a reason for the quality of Swiss chocolate.
Taste and texture aside, this would be a fun way to entertain elementary age children for a couple hours. It might even be fun for a group of adults without children. Either way, enjoy the lesson, the wit and humor of the teacher, and making chocolate. Just don't go back to get what you make.

Visited June 2014
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Calgary, Canada
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good fun!”
Reviewed July 30, 2014

It was very interesting and the tour guide was funny and entertaining. I thought the price was excessive for what you get but nonetheless a fun and memorable experience.

Visited July 2014
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Granada, Nicaragua
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Friendly place”
Reviewed July 28, 2014

Nice place
Another way to pass a few hours in Granada
There is a hotel with a swimming pool
Breakfast All Inclusive
Worth a visit

Visited May 2014
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bigbodes, Owner at ChocoMuseo, responded to this review, August 6, 2014
Thank you for your comments. Our instructor does try to engage children in the workshops and certainly recognizes that their interests and abilities are different from adults We do offer workshops exclusively for children from Nicaraguan schools, but the economics do not permit us to offer workshops exclusively for children traveling in Nicaragua, as there just is not a critical mass. As to the difference between Swiss and our artisanal chocolate, yes, that is definitely the case, and one who is used to mass produced commercial chocolate may not properly appreciate the artisanal alternative made with pure organic Nicaraguan cacao, some of the best in the world. The heat in the environment in Nicaragua is also a major difference between conditions for producing chocolate in Switzerland and Nicaragua, that accounts for a large part of the difference.
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“Nice location but far from the real Nicaragua. Trap for tourists!”
Reviewed July 24, 2014

Let´s start with the good side: the location is really nice and the service is also good.
When you then come to pay you suddenly discover that the prices are not inclusive for taxes (15%) and tip (10%); even worse, if you pay in dollars they automatically round up applying an unknown rate and forgetting to give you the right amount of change back.

This is for sure a trap for tourist, maybe nice for old, full-of-dollars, retired but REALLY FAR from the real Nicaragua that awaits just you out of the door.

Visited July 2014
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bigbodes, Owner at ChocoMuseo, responded to this review, August 6, 2014
Yes, you are correct, ChocoMuseo is far from the "real Nicaragua", the second poorest country in the western hemisphere after Haiti. We do not claim in any way to represent the poverty in Nicaragua, but we are located in a beautifully restored colonial ear mansion, dating from 1865, so in what sense that is not "real" baffles me. At ChocoMuseo we try to make an excellent product, provide an enjoyable experience, and provide employment for Nicaraguans to do our small part to help the local economy.
In Nicaragua it is required to charge sales tax (15%) and the tip (10%) is voluntary, but is added to a bill for service in cafes or restaurants almost all the time. Sales tax and tipping are quite normal phenomena.
As to the exchange rate, we use the official rate, and do not in any way try to make a profit on that, as do many other establishments all over the world.
If you were given the incorrect change, I do apologize for that, but our cashiers, like pst people in the world, are not perfect.
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