Choco­holics, now is not the time to re­sist your sweet tooth.

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he ques­tion isn't “Do I like cho­co­late?” but rather “Which cho­co­late do I like the best?” As a fa­vor to my fel­low choco­holics, I've com­piled a list of the most deca­dent con­fec­tionary mec­cas Ber­lin has to of­fer.

Fass­ben­der & Rausch Choco­latiers am

Gen­dar­men­markt (p. 27), home to what is re­put­edly the long­est pra­line counter in the world, fea­tures truf­fles, minia­ture cho­co­late tarts, and ev­ery other va­ri­ety imag­in­able. The in-house café also serves di­vine hot choco­lates, iced choco­lates, and even cho­co­late fon­due. If you’re able to re­sist de­vour­ing them your­self, you can take home some deca­dent Ber­lin sou­venirs for friends or sim­ply ad­mire the fa­mous con­fec­tionary sculp­tures, such as the 2.5m- (8ft-) long Bran­den­burg Gate made from 300kg (661lb) worth of dark cho­co­late.

You don’t have to travel far for your next cho­co­late fix. Rit­ter Sport Bunte

SchokoWelt (p. 27), on the other side of the Gen­dar­men­markt square, is the flag­ship store of Ger­many’s beloved cho­co­late brand, Rit­ter Sport. In­side, you’ll find the full Rit­ter range, in­clud­ing my fa­vorites, can­died al­mond and hazel­nut cook­ies, or cre­ate your own fla­vor com­bi­na­tion at the Rit­ter Sport counter, where kids es­pe­cially will en­joy the op­por­tu­nity to mix gummy bears, marsh­mal­lows, and Smar­ties all in one

mouth­ful. While your cre­ation is so­lid­i­fy­ing, check out the cho­co­late history mu­seum or in­dulge in some liq­uid cho­co­late at the up­stairs café.

At Win­ter­feldt Schoko­laden (p. 27), an old chemist's ta­ble greets cus­tomers be­fore they en­counter an abun­dance of in­ter­na­tional choco­lates, some in ex­otic and cre­ative com­bi­na­tions with stylish pack­ag­ing that makes them per­fect for gifts. The store also spe­cial­izes in or­ganic and fair-trade va­ri­eties and of­fers its own range, which can be bought by the chunk in fla­vors such as sour cherry, ginger, or vi­o­let.

"Take home some deca­dent Ber­lin sou­venirs for friends or sim­ply ad­mire the fa­mous con­fec­tionary sculp­tures."

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