exploring the chocolate museum of Bromont, Quebec

Many of you enjoyed last week’s post about the fine accommodations that hosted us during our visit to the Eastern Townships of Quebec. This week’s post introduces you to a noteworthy chocolate museum you will find while exploring this delightful region.

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La Musee du Chocolat in Bromont is a highlight for any chocolate lover who visits the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

No chocolate lover’s visit to the Eastern Townships would be complete without a visit to the Chocolate Museum in Bromont. I was really impressed with La Musée du chocolat de la confiserie Bromont. Co-owner and founder Michel Bilodeau is an avid historian and has put tremendous effort into collecting memorabilia from the world of chocolate.

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Michel Bilodeau may not like to smile for the camera, but he is a super friendly and approachable man of chocolate who loves sharing his enthusiasm with visitors to Bromont, a very popular skiing destination during the winter season.

the chocolate museum in Bromont, Quebec, is a great place to learn about and enjoy chocolate in various forms

I have visited many chocolate museums around the world, but there was something special about the Musee du Chocolat in Bromont. I think it’s because it was designed and filled with such passion! Michel Bilodeau is infinitely passionate about each and every artifact in this museum  that he and his partner first opened in 1994. With the addition of a café with spacious outdoor patio and chocolate shop that offers a wide range of confections and fine chocolate from around the world as well as chocolate confections and ice-cream made on-site, the building has expanded to 3,500 square feet of space indoors on 4.5 acres of land.

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Michel Bilodeau stands in front of a map showing chocolate consumption and cocoa growing regions of the world. Much of the signage at the chocolate museum is in French, but Michel speaks perfect English and conducts tours in both English and French.

You will find an assortment of chocolate sculptures that Michel has commissioned over the years, chocolate packaging from many confectioners, maps and props pertaining to the world of cocoa production and consumption, and possibly the world’s most passionate friend of chocolate, who personally delivers guided tours to visitors.

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Chocolate lovers of all ages and tastes will find something that they will really enjoy at the Musee du Chocolat in Bromont, including the fabulously sophisticated chocolate of Jean Galler of Belgium to pure chocolate bars from Marou of Vietnam.

“I want to share the pleasure of chocolate with people. That is my mission, and why we opened the chocolate museum and why we host our annual chocolate festival, “says Michel. “And that’s why accessibility is our main focus. I try to keep the prices of our chocolate down so that all people can afford and enjoy it.”

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Whether you like your hot chocolate pure and dark or rich and creamy, you will find just the right one for you at the Musee du Chocolat in Bromont, Quebec. The dark chocolate version on the left contains 30 grams of chocolate. The milk chocolate version on the right is richer and creamier. Both are delicious.

If you are able to time your visit to Bromont during the second half of May, you will be in luck to attend La Fête du Chocolat, an annual event that is held the last two weekends of May and attracts 50,000 chocolate lovers each year. I am seriously hoping I will be able to swing that next year. Hope to see you there!

Doreen Pendgracs

Known throughout the Web as the "Wizard of Words", I've been a freelance writer since 1993. I'm currently researching and writing volume II of "Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate". Volume I was published in September, 2013.

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  1. Donna Janke
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    This certainly looks like an fun museum to visit. And both cups of hot chocolate look delicious!
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  2. Susan Cooper
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    Oh, now that would be really fun place to visit.

  3. Phoenicia
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    Doreen – thank you for giving us a little insight into “your world of chocolate”. I like the way in which you educate us as well as draw us in with your photographs of chocolate treats.

    I would enjoy visiting this museum and drinking the rich, dark chocolate. Some years ago I mistakenly stumbled into a chocolate store instead of the coffee shop next door. Once I realised, I ordered a rich chocolate drink which tasted just like melted chocolate!

  4. Linda
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    Michel smiles with his eyes! 😉
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  5. Hi Doreen. It looks like a wonderful place to visit. Who wouldn’t want a yummy hot chocolate after skiing when it looks so inviting.
    Q: Is that a mold that Mr. Bilodeau is holding. It kind of looks like “Oscar”. Do you know?

    • Hi Janet and thanks for your comment! Michel is holding a chocolate sculpture that an artisan created for the comets he held for unique chocolate creations. How these are done is that the chocolate sculptor will take a big block of chocolate and carve away at it to make his/her own unique creation. Kind of like how craftsmen do chainsaw carving our of large pieces of wood–only on a smaller scale. Although I have certainly see many life-sized chocolate sculptures. Stay tuned for more posts about Quebec chocolate that will show you some.
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  6. Wendy Peck says:

    It’s amazing how large the world of chocolate really is, even in Canada. I’m happy you have done all the “hard” work to bring all of these places to us. (I know you work devilishly hard on this, but when it hits the public eye, it just looks like you wandered into the best job in the world.)

  7. Who wouldn’t enjoy a visit to a museum devoted to chocolate? Pour me a glass of red wine to go with that tour and I’d be set. It’s always fun to have a tour with someone with great passion about what they do.
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  8. Janice
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    Hi Doreen – this place looks like so much fun! I think the passion that Michel has for chocolate really comes through in his belief that it should be shared and available to everyone. I could easily understand it if he wanted to charge more for his creations, but it’s really wonderful he doesn’t. Love this!
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  9. Jackie Smith
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    You find some of the most interesting chocolate venues of anyone I know! Keep them coming.

  10. This is the ideal museum for you! I’m sure I would enjoy it, too, and so would my chocoholic husband. 🙂 If I ever return to Quebec, I’d definitely seek this out and ask for a guided tour…and a cup of that yummy-looking hot chocolate!
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  11. Emily
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    I really like Michael’s approach to chocolate as something to be enjoyed rather than just a money-making business. I think that may have contributed to his success since 1994! His dedication and commitment to his passion is admirable.

  12. Not only have we never been to a chocolate museum but I don’t think it has ever occurred to us. As luck would have it we will be in Quebec City next year (or the year after) and so I might just put Bromont on our to-visit list.
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  13. I had no idea before I started reading your blog that there was much more to chocolate than buying and eating. The museum and the festival sound like serious stuff!
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  14. This place looks great. I’m hoping to visit Quebec very soon. Adding the Chocolate Museum to my list of stops!

  15. Anita Breland
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    Make mine dark chocolate! The chocolate museum in Bromont, Quebec may be off the beaten path, but what a delicious detour…I always enjoy your chocolate escapades, and this one looks to be especially yummy!

  16. I loved the Bromont chocolate museum because of its unique artifacts, including the almost identical chocolate box designs for Laura Secord and her American counterpart. Who copied whom? And Michel is such a delight – so passionate, warm and interesting. It’s definitely worth a visit just to see the museum, but be sure to indulge in his dark hot chocolate and incredibly diverse chocolate shop while you are there. Latch on to one of his tours to get the full experience.

  17. So nice to have a focus for all your travels! This little museum looks like an especially good find for chocolate lovers How far is Bromont from Quebec City?
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  18. Even though I live in Upstate NY, and near Canada, I was unaware of the great chocolate producing community in Canada. Your posts have really opened up my eyes to this.

  19. Thx, William. The really cool thing is that u can find great chocolate just about anywhere!
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  20. Chocolate Museum looks like a heaven for the chocolate lovers. I am literally smelling chocolates right now 🙂
    Nowadays,I am off chocolates and sweets due to diet restrictions. But I can’t deny that thinking or reading about chocolates trigges an urge to indulge in them. Your post gave me back that urge now.

  21. I have a HUGE sweet tooth so this would be an absolute dream day out!
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  22. Hollee Cranston says:

    That’s awesome that the U.S. consumes 25% of chocolate. It is so delicious. I’d like to visit that museum someday. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  23. That chocolate museum looks phenomenal. I am almost ready to jump in my car now and go there. Lucky for me Hershey Pennsylvania is along the way. I can probably find other chocolate places too. A chocolate road trip!
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  24. Oh my!! A chocolate dream come true. I am glad they made a success of their museum, cafe and shop. Hard work and passion paid off for them!
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  25. neha
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    I am always in for some chocolate. I just love them and so does my daughter. Thanks for this mouth watering trip around the chocolate museum Doreen. I will keep this one in mind when visiting this part of the world.
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  26. Chris
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    “I want to share the pleasure of chocolate with people. That is my mission”

    Sounds like you are cut from the same cloth!!

  27. Sandy N Vyjay
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    An entire museum devoted to chocolate is definitely a sweet treat for chocolate lovers. The chocolate fest sounds really exciting. Anything for chocolate.

  28. Chocolate festival sounds delicious. Doreen I love following your blog and your passion for chocolate is really incredible. Now I think in this post I just found another person like you!

  29. Suruchi
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    I have never been to any Chocolate museum and would love to visit this one for sure as we too are chocolate lovers. It will be a special treat for us.

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