In Chocolate Heaven at Antica Dolceria Bonajuto

One of the reasons I visited Modica in Sicily was for it’s chocolate. Renowned globally, Modica is a paradise for chocolate lovers. The locals use Aztec inspired recipes to make chocolate cannoli, chocolate pastries, chocolate bars, chocolate drinks and everything chocolate!

One of the most famous institutions of chocolate in Modica is Antica Dolceria Bonajuto. The Bonajuto family has been creating chocolate and chocolate products since the 1880s. They  make chocolate in an ancient way similar to the Aztecs. The chocolate has a hard grainy texture and is unique and one of the most delicious things I’ve ever had in my life!

Antica Dolceria Bonajuto: Enter chocolate heaven with me!
Antica Dolceria Bonajuto
Antica Dolceria Bonajuto
Antica Dolceria Bonajuto
Range of flavors to try
Antica Dolceria Bonajuto

A bar of chocolate from Bonajuto costs from 2,30€ onwards (April 2016) and includes just cocoa, sugar and spices. While there are plain chocolate bars, there are als some that are uniquely flavored. These include peperoncini, chilli, cinnamon, vanilla, beef, figs and honey.
It is note worthy how the process of making the chocolate has been preserved over the years. I could go back to Modica only for its chocolate-a precious buy during my Sicily trip and also a great gift for your loved ones! I wish the lady at the counter was more helpful. But she did mention that we can order products their online too! I love these pictures by Italian Ways that show the historic shop and its great products. Modica also has an annual chocolate festival called Chocobarocco. Imagine being there amidst all that chocolate!

Antica Dolceria Bonajuto
Antica Dolceria Bonajuto
Bonajuto was covered in an episode of Sicily Unpacked
My Modican chocolate (Image Courtesy: Antica Bonajuto)


Related Reading on Eastern Sicily:

Going back in time in Scicli

Where to Stay in Modica


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40 thoughts on “In Chocolate Heaven at Antica Dolceria Bonajuto

  1. I bet you put on a couple of pounds? …
    Last night I watched a film in which I was reminded positivly of the “Italian way of life” …
    Eat … Pray … Love …
    Dolce fa niente?

      1. So at the end … you needed that extra energy! I too did a lot of driving and walking … and photographs … shame I cannot show you all the beatyful places and scenery we visited this summer in “Salento” I lost more weight! 😉

  2. Sad that she wasn’t helpful. Maybe she didn’t know the language well enough to be comfortable with a conversation? Dunno, I love places with good customer service over great products. Lovely pictures as always Ishita.

  3. I love that chocolate.
    I can suggest also Pasticceria Basile in the near village of Scicli, they also do great stuff with prime quality ingredients, and also their “chocolate of Modica” is very good.

  4. This looks like a treasure of a spot, just the type of place I search for when traveling. Thank you so much for sharing.

  5. I visited a chocolate factory here in Spain. A great experience especially for chocolate lovers like us. Of course, I bought some to take home. Glad you enjoyed this experience. The pictures are wonderful!!

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