LOOK: Go loco for choco at one-of-a-kind confection museum in Davao

Vina Araneta-Pilapil ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 11 2017 09:40 PM

First chocolate museum in the Philippines. Photo by Vina Araneta-Pilapil, ABS-CBN News

Davao City — Chocolate lovers won't get enough of the sights and scent of sweets in a one-of-a-kind museum here.

Malagos Garden Resort in Calinan, Davao City, recently opened the first chocolate museum in the country, complementing the Malagos cacao farm, which straddles 24 hectares of 50-year-old rehabilitated cacao.

The museum showcases the tree-to-bar chocolate experience, including cacao cultivation as well as the art and science of chocolate making.

First chocolate museum in the Philippines. Photo by Vina Araneta-Pilapil, ABS-CBN News
First chocolate museum in the Philippines. Photo by Vina Araneta-Pilapil, ABS-CBN News

There is also an interactive zone for children who can learn about the different kinds of chocolates.

Guests are also given the chance to make their own chocolates.

First chocolate museum in the Philippines. Photo by Vina Araneta-Pilapil, ABS-CBN News
First chocolate museum in the Philippines. Photo by Vina Araneta-Pilapil, ABS-CBN News

Malagos Chocolate has been recognized by international award-giving bodies. It was the 2-star winner of the 2016 Great Taste competition.

In April 2016, it also snatched a silver award for Best Unflavoured Drinking Chocolate at the 2016 Academy of Chocolate Awards in London. It won a bronze award in the same category at the competition in 2015.

First chocolate museum in the Philippines. Photo by Vina Araneta-Pilapil, ABS-CBN News

Malagos produces 12 tons of chocolate every month but, as demand increases, the company hopes to hike its production.

First chocolate museum in the Philippines. Photo by Vina Araneta-Pilapil, ABS-CBN News

"We are capable of producing world class chocolates, there is a high demand but very low supply of cacao. We supply less than 1% of the global output even though the Philippines is very ideal for planting cacao" says Caerel Osorio, quality assurance officer of Malagos Chocolate.

Besides the museum, the resort also has a sweets park, which features a giant chocolate cake, cupcakes and ice cream.