Friday, November 23, 2012

How I got to know about Chocolate Amatller (and Simon Coll)

So, I was talking about the Chocolate museum in Barcelona a while ago.  Finding out that the first chocolate mechanical-production workshop dates back to 1777, in Barcelona, got me curious to learn more about the chocolate history of Barcelona.

I found that Chocolates Amatller is most likely the oldest brand in Spain, having been active ever since the Amatller family started making chocolate in 1797. 

I tried Amatller chocolate a long time ago, (before knowing much about the history,) and it is really nice. They sell it in little shops here and there, but it’s not chocolate you can get everywhere.
I started collecting the little tins that come with chocolate leaves or catanies cause they are just so beautiful.

Antoni, the grandson of the founder, was very passionate about art and started promoting the chocolate on posters and cards designed by important artists of that time. The designs haven’t changed, and it’s a delight to buy delicious chocolate in such beautiful wrappings!

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In 1972, Amatller became a part of another chocolatier, Simon Coll, who had a family tradition of chocolate makers since 1840. 

And it was in Sant Sadurni d’Anoia that I came across Amatller and Simon Coll the first time. Sant Sadurni d’Anoia is where the chocolate factory (aka heaven) is, a little town about 45 minutes out of Barcelona by train. Unfortunately there was no ways of visiting the factory, but the chocolate shop was a great consolation prize! The beautiful images on the different wrappings caught my attention and every time I visit a shop that sells them, I just have to buy some.

And if you have been to Barcelona, there is a big chance you've stopped by Casa Batlló on Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona to admire the incredible architecture on one of my personal Gaudí-favourites. But most people will also notice the very beutiful building next door to Casa Battló too. This house it called Casa Amatller and was the home of the grandson of the founder, Antoni. The one with the art-passion mentioned above.




Have you ever eaten chocolate from Amatller, and aren't the wrappings just beautiful?


10 comments:

  1. Om sjokoladen smaker like bra som innpakningen, lover det bra:-)

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  2. Vel, innpakningen smaker kanskje ikke så bra, så det jeg mente var vel heller at sjokoladen forhåpentligvis er like herlig som det innpakningen er...

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    1. Hehe, jeg har ikke smakt på pakningen, men den er veldig lekker å se på iallefall ;) Og smaken er veldig bra også!

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  3. casa Batllo is my favourite too. Amazing design!

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    1. Absolutely amazing! I want to live in such a house :)

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  4. I'm going to Barcelona in January!! :)

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    1. Awesome! I would have loved to see you there, but I am sure you'll have a great time. It's hard not to really, in such a fab place!

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  5. It looks good enough to eat! (Sorry, I had to say that stupid American saying!)
    I have never had that chocolate, but I sure wouldn't be opposed ;) The containers really are beautiful.

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    1. I had actually not heard that expression, and I love learning new expressions in other languages :) The containers are so beautiful!

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