Chocolates and Bariloche became entwined in the min-1900s when European settlers broughht their skills from Germany, Austria and Switzerland and started making chocolates out of their homes. After WWII chocolate-making operations took off with the arrival of Aldo Fenoglio and Benito Secco from Italy. In 1947 Fenoglio started the Tronador Chocolate Factory, later renamed Fenoglio Chocolates. At the same time Secco opened Chocolates del Tourista.
Bariloche hosts an annual Chocolate Festival around Easter each year. In the past the festival has highlighted a gigantic chocolate Easter egg 8 meters high by 5 meters in diameter. In recent years two blocks of Mitre Street have hosted a chocolate bar measuring 120 meters long, 40 centimeters wide and 2 thick. In both cases they showcase the capabilities of local chocolatiers and as part of the festivities the chocolate is broken up ceremoniously and shared with the festival goers. Unfortunately we will miss this year's Chocolate Festival by a few weeks, it is April 12-15th.