Today we have had a ”re-cap day”, to have some time to edit text and pictures that we have collected the last week during the producer visits. But we did have a break in the middle of the day to go to the Willy Wonka of Sant Sadurni, Maria of Simón Coll. We met Maria, the heiress of the company already yesterday at a birthday party and had a long talk. Maria has many visions and one of them is to get more people to experience everything that Sant Sadurni has to offer, and she takes a big responsibility in sharing information when the tourist information is closed and has a lot of ideas on how to improve the “Sant Sadurni experience. She is really a fantastic entrepreneur and visionary as well as the Willy Wonka of Spain!
Simón Coll has been producing chocolate since 1840, and among their fantastic products of chocolate bars, chocolate Santas and Easter rabbits they also make the special Penedès cetanias/amatllers. This is roasted Almonds with a chocolate cover which might sound simple, but the catanias from Simón Coll are something very special and the best we have EVER had!!
Visiting the chocolate fatory and its visiting centre in Sant Sadurni, you can do a wonderful tour in English, which explains the history of the family, the making and origins of chocolate as well as a functional tasting of chocolate from bean to finished praline. It is very modern and interactive with a film, old chocolate machinery and the new actual test factory where you can get a very good understanding of how the chocolate is made.
After the tasting and introduction to the family and chocolate making, you can visit the shop where you can buy all kinds of different chocolates. Our favourites are of course the catanias/amatllers, but also the different chocolate that they make with Marc de Cava, that is a spirit much like the Italian grappa. The mix is absolutely wonderful!
Next time you go to Barcelona you should not miss to go to Sant Sadurní! A visit to Chocolatier Simón Coll and a Cava producer is a perfect day outside the big city.
You will find all the information you need at: www.simoncoll.com
08770 Sant Sadurní d’Anoia
Telephone: +34 93 891 01 40
Monday to Friday: 9am to 1pm, 5pm to 8pm
Saturday: 9am to 2pm