For those of you who love chocolate, Israel's Kibbutz Degania is the place to visit! They not only produce tons of chocolate yearly, they also offer workshops so you can create your own personalized chocolate treats. Writer Julie L. Kessler for LA Times shares her experience on the farm.
The ”farm,” started by Galit Alpert nine years ago, produces 24 tons of chocolate annually. It has proved profitable, and for those who believe consuming chocolate is a near-religious experience, a visit is informative, creative and, of course, deliciously caloric.
As you enter the farm, the intoxicating aroma is ever-present. There’s also a café and a boutique offering chocolates for sale. You can observe production through large glass windows where workers dressed in white like laboratory scientists produce artistic creations using modern equipment. Missing is the conveyor belt Lucille Ball made famous in 1950s America.
Most important for me were the several chocolate workshops that were offered, such as Lick Your Fingers, Chocolate Filled and Loving Chocolate. I selected the last, because loving chocolate sums up the core of my earthly existence.