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Astorga Chocolate in SdC?

jgiesbrecht

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Yes I know it's a weird question, but is good local chocolate available in SdC? Im asking because my MIL loves dark chocolate (like 70% or greater). I don't want to pick some up and carry it with me for the remainder of the trip, so looking to pick some up before flying back out of SdC. Any good stores for this, or other local snack specials I can pick up on my way back to the motherland?
 
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Type Santiago de Compostela chocolate into your search engine, and you are likely to come up with a dozen specialty shops, most of which sell locally-made chocolate in huge tablets (most suitable for making the unspeakably decadent hot chocolate of Spain) or more edible morsels. The Chocolate Factory is a national chain and, while its products are far better than Hershey's, some of the local stuff is excellent. IF memory serve me well, I think I made quite a raid on A Cesta Tenda on Franco 52.
 

RJM

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You are looking for chocolate bars made in Spain? It may not be from Astorga. Something that travels well and packaged like any other commercial brand?
My guess would be to look in any of the various grocer's stores in SDC or/and in the many smaller shoppes about the town.
 

lindam

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We always load our packs with several kg of chocolate (mainly to be used for making hot chocolate) at a small shop in SdC before returning home to Barcelona. I can't tell from the photos if it is the same shop shown in the images provided by Gerard Murdoch or if it is another shop a couple of doors away. Unfortunately, you are unlikely to find any chocolate of interest in the supermarkets as they tend to stock only mass produced (i.e., inferior) brands. You will, no doubt, find interesting, artisanal products in the small food shops in SdC, perhaps even some of the famed Astorga chocolate you mention. If you have room in your carry-on luggage, you might also consider buying one or two Santiago tartas to take back home. Furthermore, you might think about purchasing some of the lovely Galician liqueurs which are far better than anything you will find for sale at the Duty Free shop. A couple of favourites for me are the chocolate and cherry liqueur and the crema de orujo. Local tinned fish (e.g., octopus, sardines, mussels, tuna, etc) also makes a great souvenir and is easy to transport.
 
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We always load our packs with several kg of chocolate (mainly to be used for making hot chocolate) at a small shop in SdC before returning home to Barcelona. I can't tell from the photos if it is the same shop shown in the images provided by Gerard Murdoch or if it in another shop a couple of doors away. Unfortunately, you are unlikely to find any chocolate of interest in the supermarkets as they tend to stock only mass produced (i.e., interior) brands. You will, no doubt, find interesting, artisanal products in the small food shops in SdC, perhaps even some of the famed Astorga chocolate you mention. If you have room in your carry-on luggage, you might also consider buying one or two Santiago tartas to take back home. Furthermore, you might think about purchasing some of the lovely Galician liqueurs which are far better than anything you will find for sale at the Duty Free shop. A couple of favourites for me are the chocolate and cherry liqueur and the crema de orujo. Local tinned fish (e.g., octopus, sardines, muscles, tuna, etc) also makes a great souvenir and is easy to transport.
I tend to buy a few Kilos of chocolate as well. Most of the chocolate is for gifts, although some do find their way into my personal stash. The Galician liqueurs seem like a good idea. It's good to know. Thanks.
 
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I have stocked up there in the past, cheering the proprietors with my purchase of 30 or 40 euro -- it keeps me in hot chocolate for a few months.
 

Manny D

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Faye Walker

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Very nice chocolate, perhaps it was the Pazo de Coruxo, available in the gift shop at the Monastario San Martin Pinario. About 6 euros for the tablet. I bought a few.
While you are there, go to the Monastery museum for 3 euro entry... and you might consider the San Martin as a final destination albergue as well. I found that I was allergic to the cleaners they used (gave me a MASSIVE headache) but the breakfast was indeed good and generous, and the lounge quite welcoming.
 

lindam

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