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Rich hot chocolate courtesy of Max Brenner.

For those with a sweet tooth wanting to explore beyond your everyday chocolate shops, New York City is home to quirky, innovative and experiential cocoa fare. Chocoholics can choose to explore NYC in a self-guided fashion or book a tour with New York Chocolate Tours, a company providing chocolate-themed walking excursions.

Then there’s Max Brenner, which is essentially a chocolate museum, showcasing (and serving!) chocolate nuts, bonbons, truffles, bars, syringes, teas, fondues, cakes, pizzas, cocoas, shots, shakes, cocktails, crepes, waffles and much more.

Chocolate-covered bacon from the Baconery.

Carnivores craving candy can head to the Baconery to sink their teeth into bacon brownies, chocolate- and sprinkle-covered birthday bacon, chocolate bacon pretzel rods, chocolate peanut butter bacon cookies and red velvet bacon cakes. Pepper heads should visit Tumbador Chocolate and sample their chile-infused Holy Mole and Dulce de Chile bars or their spicy Hot Hot Chocolate.

For some indulgence that’s good for the body, Madison Spa offers a delicious yet holistic “Chocolate Delight Wrap,” which slims the body using fat-free chocolate, and a “Chocolate Caramel Delight Wrap,” where you become wrapped in the sweet treat. And if you’re around in November, NYC hosts it’s annual Chocolate Show, the country’s largest show dedicated to the sweet treat.

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Mast Brothers Chocolate (with free samples!)

Interested in learning the art of chocolate-making? Tache Chocolate offers a range of sugary classes at their Lower East Side factory and cafe. While you make your own chocolates — which you’ll artfully package in beautiful wrapping — sip a thick mug of whipped cream-topped cocoa. Classes typically take place daily at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm. You can also head to Mast Brothers Chocolate, a boutique chocolate factory and shop in Brooklyn taking sustainable chocolate making to a new level. Here you can watch artisanal chocolate being made and enjoy free samples.

This article originally appeared on General Motor’s Drive The District blog

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Jessica Festa

Jessica Festa is the editor of Epicure & Culture as well as Jessie on a Journey. She enjoys getting lost in new cities and having experiences you don’t read about in guidebooks. Some of her favorite travel experiences have been teaching English in Thailand, trekking her way through South America, backpacking Europe solo, road tripping through Australia, agritouring through Tuscany, and volunteering in Ghana.

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