Calling all chocoholics…

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My name is Sarah, and I’m a *whispers (or is that wispas?)* chocoholic…

Officially a lover of anything cocoa related, from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Johnny Depp’s yummy performance as Roux in the movie remake of Joanne Harris’s Chocolat, I am positively sugar-rushing at the thought of the Eurochocolate 2010 Festival.

From chocolate-flavoured pasta to chocolate-scented candles, the sleepy town of Perugia in Italy’s Umbria region is set to burst into frenzied chocolate-fuelled activity between the 15th and 24th of October – and I would pledge my eye teeth to the tooth fairy for a chance to be there.

With carved chocolate boxes, chocolate statues and 7,000 chocolate-selling stalls (from as far afield as Vietnam, Bolivia and Cuba!) taking to the town’s quaint cobbled streets, Eurochocolate is easily one of the world’s largest chocolate celebrations.

A chocolate display from Eurochocolate 2008 - yum!

And fans looking for calorie-free indulgence can simply look on as some of the world’s best chocolatiers host gastronomy classes, banquets and cookery classes centring on the sweet stuff. Aromatherapy lovers can also indulge in a cocoa facemask treatment or pampering body treatment in chocolate scented surrounds.

But don’t worry if you can’t make the medium-haul, chocolate fans – I’ve also found plenty of temptation closer to home as well…

The Chocolate Bar, Bournemouth

Chocolate martini – yes please! Head to Bournemouth’s boutique Chocolate Hotel and find a chocolate bar with a difference, or stay on for chocolate workshops! And rest up after a sugar crash by checking our Bournemouth hotel deals.

The Scottish Chocolate Centre, Perth

Set in a highland beauty spot, The Scottish Chocolate Centre is Scotland’s first visitor centre dedicated to all things chocolate! Learn how to make chocolate and shop for gourmet treats at the Highland Chocolatier’s workshop by the bridge of Grandtully, Perthshire. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll get to see a kilted master-craftsman at work! And make a stay of it with our Perth hotel deals.

Cadbury World, Bourneville, Birmingham

Head to Cadbury World in Bourneville (yes – just like that dark chocolate! Yum!), Birmingham and chase Creme Eggs, mould yourself in chocolate, discover how the nation’s favourite chocolate is made and visit the world’s biggest Cadbury shop. My glass-and-a-half -full runneth over! See our Cadbury’s World hotel and ticket packages for more, chocolate fans!

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