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Place Category: Museum
A surprising museum that hides the sweet history of the confectioner and chandler inside, Xaxu is a confectionery museum that comprises the confectioner’s work techniques between the Fourteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, describing the developments of coffee, chocolate, caramel, ice-cream, milkshake and alcohol production over time.
The Basques were present when Columbus and Hernan Cortes discovered chocolate: the museum tells of the technical developments from the Conquistadors to the present day.
Description: The collection is classified by product: chocolate, coffee, cakes, ovens, cream and butter, ice-cream, sweets, preserves, liqueurs, etc., and placed in chronological order.
When the old Seventeenth Century XAXU confectioners was finally demolished due to its dilapidate state of repair, Jose Mª Gorrotxategi, aware of the importance of the historical ethnography of the villages, decided to create the Confectionery Museum, preserving the tools of the trade that he and his family had used for years. Over time, confectionery has integrated new products into its art, notably coffee roasting, spirits and liqueurs, ice-cream, caramel, cake-making, etc. In 1991, the collection of over 400 items was transferred to its current location, where it is housed in 11 thematic sections in proper museum conditions.