I went from Zurich to Berlin basically just to see a show. I didn't really have any sort of plan, place to stay, or list of things to do. I basically had one address written down, which was for Nibs Cacao, because I had heard they had amazing Spanish chocolate and churros.
Nibs Cacao also sold chocolate bars. I was still not over my pumpkin phase, being still early December at the time, so I got a Berger-brand milk chocolate bar with pumpkin and pumpkin seeds. Berger seems to be the chocolate-producing imprint of mgm Group Corporation, based in Zurich.
It wasn't pumpkiny enough for me, but I love pumpkin seeds in chocolate, so the seeds were a nice touch. Overall, excellent quality milk chocolate + pumpkin is not really something to complain about. A delicious experience.
I also purchased a Domori-brand, 70% Venezuelan-origin bar, made of pure crillollo beans. I bought a lot of Venezuelan chocolate on this trip, and I didn't eat this on the spot, so when I busted it out later, it didn't really stick out in my mind as too exciting.
But when I bit in, I was totally blown away. It's one of the chocolatiest 70% bars I've ever had, while still retaining the great Venezuelan, crillollo-supplied brightness I love bout Venezuelan chocolate. This bar is a true masterpiece. My only criticism is that it was too small. Fortunately, it seems to be available at The Meadow, so I will be able to buy more anytime!
Walking to Nibs Cacao, I passed by a chocolate cafe, cleverly called Chokocafe. I had plenty of time to kill, so I decided to follow up my Spanish chocolate with something a little less thick and a little less sweet, ordering the darkest chocolate hot chocolate on their menu. It was perfect. Just look at this picture:
|I feel serene just looking at this photo|
Can you imagine a better way to kill an hour? I put it to you that you cannot.
Bottom Line: I did no go to Berlin prepared for a comprehensive chocolate experience, but left with a totally memorable one. It was the city I felt I left most unexplored and to which I most wanted to return, for reasons including but not limited to chocolate. A city where worthwhile things are happening.