There are now large chocolate companies in the Basque Country and Bayonne. There are also boutiques and delicatessens where you can buy it, in Bordeaux for example.
The Basque Country is famous for its chilli plant, hams and…its chocolate! Historically made in the city of Bayonne but also across the entire Basque Country, chocolate isn’t necessary the type of product we would expect to discover when we cross the banks of the River Nive. And yet, chocolate has a history and a special place here which makes it famous today. Don’t worry, the Basque Country is still too hostile a place to plant cacao trees. The hard work therefore lies in the savoir-faire of chocolate makers and the quality of their chocolate. Why Bayonne? The reason that chocolate arrived here was through the expulsion of the Marranos Jews from Spain and then Portugal. Some of them then moved to Saint-Esprit and brought chocolate making with them. The people there then slowly appropriated the methods of these chocolate makers to set up their own factories. Historically from Bayonne, the chocolate and savoir-faire associated with the city is now spread across the whole Basque Country.