It is of no surprise to anyone that April is unquestionably the month of chocolate. And even if Calvados is more widely renowned for its butter, cream, cooked meats and seafood... Gourmet enthusiasts can also count on the many chocolate-based specialities that can be enjoyed throughout Calvados!
The Drakkar Chocolate Museum
At the Drakkar* chocolate makers, in both Caen and Bayeux, the eponymous chocolates pay tribute to the Vikings: a fine praline cream covered in a light meringue. You can also discover 'Calvados cherries' or 'Little Calvados Apples' . Discover... AND taste, at the Chocolate Museum in Nonant: a 350m2 exhibition area exclusively devoted to this sweet delight!
*Drakkar is a name given to the Viking longship
Demonstrations of the chocolate maker's skill and a taste of a range of different chocolate varieties are on the agenda. Visit the chocolate factory at 3.30pm on the 19th, 22nd, 26th and 29th of April and the 3rd and 6th of May.
Les Délices de Mathilde
History enthusiasts are sure to recognise the name of William the Conqueror's wife, Mathilda, with whom he founded a number of emblematic sites in Caen. Gourmet lovers are also sure to succumb to the 'Délices de Mathilde', a chocolate containing preserved orange peel mixed with roasted and crushed hazelnuts and covered with two fine layers of marzipan.