The best chocolatiers in the world

National Geographic's Intelligent Travel reveals its sweetest chart of Top 10 Best Chocolatiers in the World.

The best chocolatiers in the world

Here are the top 5 entries of chocolatiers around the world:

5. Norman Love Confections, Florida

"Chocolate is my passion," says Norman Love, who dreamed of making chocolate that was visually stunning as well as delicious. Love and a partner perfected a technique in which the colored designs for each candy are hand-painted or airbrushed into chocolate molds, which are then filled with the finest chocolate imported from Belgium, France, and Switzerland.

4. Jacques Torres Chocolate, New York

Many customers compare the experience to the movie Chocolat. Jacques specializes in fresh, handcrafted chocolates. Visitors often can see the chocolate goodies being prepared behind large glass windows.

3. Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, California

Specializing in dark chocolate, Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker is a premier chocolate manufacturer.

2. Vosges Haut-Chocolat, Chicago

Owner and chocolatier Katrina Markoff chooses every spice, flower, and chocolate that is flown into the Vosges kitchen to be transformed into fine chocolates. She learned the art of French confectionery at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.

1. Teuscher, Zurich

The Teuscher chocolate tradition began more than 70 years ago in a small town in the Swiss Alps. Today the Teuscher kitchens in Zurich make more than 100 varieties of chocolates using these original recipes, which have been handed down from father to son. The house specialty is a champagne truffle, a blend of fresh cream, butter, and chocolate with a champagne cream center, dusted with confectioner's sugar.

This list originally appeared in the National Geographic book, The 10 Best of Everything: An Ultimate Guide for Travelers, by Nathaniel Lande and Andrew Lande.

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