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In Chocolate Heaven at Antica Dolceria Bonajuto

One of the reasons I visited Modica in Sicily was for it’s chocolate. Modica and chocolate are synonymous! At the very popular Antica Dolceria Bonajuto, you are literally in chocolate heaven! The Bonajuto family still uses the recipe that was inspired by the ancient Aztecs. They make all types of goodness out of chocolate –cannoli, cassata, pastries, mpanatigghi, chocolate bars etc. from that recipe. Let’s have a look at the inside of Bonajuto’s studio.

In Chocolate Heaven at Antica Dolceria Bonajuto

Antica Dolceria Bonajuto is the creator of chocolate and chocolate products since the 1880s.

The chocolate produced by them is not the regular chocolate but instead a hard grainy texture. Their store, located in Modica bassa (lower part of Modica), stands next to the Duomo di San Pietro. This is definitely one of those “must see” places in Modica.

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Enter chocolate heaven with me!

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The store

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I wish the service was friendlier

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Range of flavors to try

Bonajuto Chocolate

Modica chocolate is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever had in my life. A simple bar of chocolate from Bonajuto is grainier and costs €3,20 onwards. It includes only cocoa, sugar and spices.

At the store are also other flavors that caught my fancy. Peperoncini, chili, cinnamon, vanilla, beef, figs and honey were some of the most unique ones. 

I could go back to Modica only for its chocolate and eat to my heart’s content. Chocolate from Antica Bonajuto also makes a great gift for your loved ones back home.

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Antica Dolceria Bonajuto

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Antica Dolceria Bonajuto

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Bonajuto in an episode of Sicily Unpacked

 

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Modican chocolate (Image Credits: Antica Bonajuto)

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Further Reading on Sicily:

Sicilian Mafia

Palermo, The City of Kings

Midnight in Sicily

Crime Fiction by Andrea Camilleri

Where to Stay in Modica

Did you know Modica also has an annual chocolate festival called Chocobarocco!

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40 Comments

  • cmeans
    November 4, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Thanks for the chocolate info. I noticed the 70%, 80%. Is their chocolate more on the dark side?

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  • voguishlychic
    November 4, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    I wouldn’t mind gaining weight after eating this yummy chocolate 😍😍

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    • Ishita
      November 4, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Oh totally 😉 its pretty healthy! lol

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  • vylyst
    November 2, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    This sounds like heaven to me. Thanks very much for sharing! What is the average price?

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    • Ishita
      November 2, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      Most welcome 🙂 one chocolate bar is for EUR2

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  • Priyanka Mahajan
    October 19, 2016 at 9:38 am

    chocolate all around 🙂

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  • swathimoorthy
    October 4, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Looks like I have lot more to see in Italy, going by your blog.. Guess I will just have to look up to ‘yours truly Italian’ blog the next time I visit there.

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    • Ishita
      October 4, 2016 at 11:34 pm

      Haha, please keep following along for offbeat travels and even touristy places. You will fall in love!

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  • ravenhawks magazine
    October 4, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    Must share, two of my favorite things Italy and chocolate it can not get better than that.

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  • Darlene
    October 4, 2016 at 1:09 am

    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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  • pblevitt
    October 3, 2016 at 9:12 pm

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

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    • Ishita
      October 3, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Such a pleasure, I hope you make it someday. xo

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  • karenincalabria
    October 3, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Love, love this grainy chocolate that’s so difficult to describe, but everyone should try! Thanks for sharing this post!

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    • Ishita
      October 3, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      Grainy! That’s the word. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

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  • The Wayfarer
    October 3, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Ok, now I know where i should go to get gifts for all the chocolate lovers in my family! Now if only I could bring chocolate cannoli back to the States 😛

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    • Ishita
      October 3, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Hahaha I know what you mean 😉 get these ordered online if you can

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  • polentaebaccala
    October 3, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    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.

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    • Ishita
      October 3, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      I couldn’t go there somehow I read about it somewhere. In fact it is on my to be eaten list 😉

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  • Tanja
    October 3, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    mmm..chocolate & Italy:) what could be better?:)

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  • Sudhir Chauhan
    October 3, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    were you able to control yourself…… or you put up few extra pounds…. i bet it must have been second option…… lovely photos……

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    • Ishita
      October 3, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      I didn’t go there to avoid eating 😉 it was the latter. Thank you!

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  • MyBookJacket
    October 3, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    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.

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    • Ishita
      October 3, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      Thank you babe. She was a bit snooty! I love too and it’s nice to feel that people care but not this one

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      • MyBookJacket
        October 3, 2016 at 2:36 pm

        Ah. Damn. Noted. I shall remove that from the list when I do go.

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        • Ishita
          October 3, 2016 at 2:42 pm

          No no I do want you to go, eat lots of chocolate 🙂

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          • MyBookJacket
            October 3, 2016 at 3:20 pm

            Chocolate shall be eaten!!!!! Always. Haha

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  • Lyn
    October 3, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Very nice. The Italians have a way of making everything extra special hey.

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    • Ishita
      October 3, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      Agreed Lyn. And pretty too 🙂

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  • sunnydaysinseattle
    October 3, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Drool

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    • Ishita
      October 3, 2016 at 10:39 am

      totally 😉

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  • L. M. B.
    October 3, 2016 at 10:14 am

    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?
    😉

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    • Ishita
      October 3, 2016 at 10:15 am

      I did 😉 It was fun though to eat and walk around the town, so much walking involved in the upper and lower section. Dolce da niente truly

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      • L. M. B.
        October 3, 2016 at 10:19 am

        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! 😉

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