An ancient tale of the past come alive. Chocolate, yummy, who wouldn´t like it?! Chocolate has a long history in this world. However, do you know where this magical story begins ? It has been brought on our territory by the great lover of this enchanting material. It was very Maria Theresa, Queen of the House of Habsburg. On the northern Spiš, directly to Ľubovňa castle, it was delivered by another strong woman, Maria Jozefa. You can enjoy her sweet story with chocolate as well as pleasant session at Nestville Chocolate in Hniezdne.
Beautiful nature and scenery, so our journey toward the village Hniezdne begins. A place where the history associated with tradition and modern approach is sensed. This combination is undoubtedly unconventional and interesting.
The story reminds me of a gingerbread house. However, extensive wooden building conceals another sweet surprise and pleasure. Believe that for every time you sin, you won´t be punished. This time it is on the contrary. Do you want to know the history of the chocolate and its way to the Ľubovňa castle? All secrets will be revealed. History, production, tasting itself. You wil ge all of this with joy and passion.
You can sense the chocolate in the interior. Warm and dark tones of wood create a family atmosphere. Wood is a symbol for the region. The production of chocolate is very interesting, the whole process can be seen trough the glass. Manual processing of chocolate brings unique experience as well.
The quality is sensed everywhere, but there is another flavor that you can sensed – the aroma of coffee, 100% Arabica from Bazzara. Aromas of coffee and chocolate are perfectly complementary. If you are not sure what to choose, taste both.
You will find the chocolate in each state in here. Solid or fluid, bitter and milky. Not excluding the delicious white. They are all the first-class chocolates which are not found in every random store. You can take some chocolate candies and chocolates with many different flavors and enjoy them home. We even tasted chocolate with candied fruits.
Lifestyle coffee cake. You will find mainly traditional desserts like apple strudel, homemade donuts, the modern treats include chocolate fondant and waffles here. The most traditional dessert for the region are definitely plum balls with chocolate. Combination of chocolate with liqueur brings a unique flavor which can be found only here. The sweet feeling will remain on your taste buds long after your visit in this chocolate kingdom with your friends and family.
Text: Augustína Markocsyová
Foto: Ondrej Bobek