If you gave up chocolate for lent, I advise you to stop reading now, because I don’t want to be held responsible for you breaking your lenten sacrifice.

Museu de la Xocolata, or the Chocolate Museum, is a small museum off the beaten path in Barcelona, but one worth making the effort to get to.  For â‚¬4.30 ($5.60) you are given a chocolate bar  ticket, and entrance into a wonderful chocolate experience.  

The small museum takes you on a journey through the history of chocolate, explaining how it was brought to Spain from South America by the conquistadors and the history of the sweet delight in Europe.

Nibbling on my entrance ticket, I admired the works of art made of chocolate that were on display throughout the museum, including replicas of La Sagrada Familia and Michelangelo’s La Pieta

I also watched through a glass window a chocolate making workshop in progress.  I wasn’t able to get my chocolate sculpting on, however, because I didn’t reserve a spot in advance.

I always like to check out the gift shop after visiting a museum, and this one was definitely one not to be missed.  With chocolate treats in various forms, as well as a cafe that served Spain’s famous warm chocolate drink, Xocoatl.

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