These Chocolate Hills won’t satisfy your sweet tooth, although they might whet your curiosity. Measuring up to 400 feet tall, the hills are made of limestone containing marine fossils dating back millions of years. The verdant grass that usually covers the hills turns a milky brown come dry season, giving the more than 1,200 mounds their famously delectable appearance.

The hills’ origins remain a mystery, but legend says that a giant wept them as he grieved the death of his human beloved. Unfortunately, limestone quarrying has leveled some of the hills, a problem the Philippine government began addressing in 2006 by restricting mining activities in the area.

Today, the confectionary landscape remains a popular tourist attraction and awaits approval as a UNESCO World Heritage Monument.

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