We met up with a US home schooler we know and took a trip down to Birmingham to visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory. Cadbury Chocolate is well known here in the UK and right now it is in full Easter egg production mode.
Once our tickets were bought we were each given 2 full size candy bars to begin our journey. Which us moms quickly confiscated and gave each child half a candy bar.
First part of the tour concentrated on the history of chocolate and bringing it to the continent. Spain was the first country to have chocolate and was able to keep it a secret for nearly 100 years before the rest of Europe discovered it.
Cadbury first store front where Chocolate was sold as a drink. then we listened to a hologram movie show that explained the history of Cadbury chocolate factory. We also heard just how much chocolate is produced and sold and it is a staggering amount:)
Next we took a cute little ride around the chocolate village and saw lots of chocolate beans doing silly things. We each were given another full size chocolate bar to enjoy while on the ride.
Then we were taken to a demonstration center where we were given melted chocolate. We were the tasters of the chocolate and it was GOOD!!
Next the children were able to practice writing their names with chocolate.
We were able to see how chocolate was made into candy over a 100 years ago. Everything is automated now.
Here a worker is cooling the chocolate down on a marble slab so they can add it to the candy molds.
Next the chocolate is added to the molds using a large spatula. Next the worker turned the mold upside down and let some of the chocolate drain out in order to add fillings.
Once the chocolate had hardened in the mold the excess chocolate was scraped off the top of the tray.
Fillings were added to the chocolate molds
And more chocolate was added to cover up the fillings.
To get the chocolate out of the molds the worker twisted the mold container
Banged it on the table
Out pop the chocolate. This was purely for visitor demonstration so I doubt this chocolate would pass any quality control standards.
Next we were taken to the candy store where we each created our own chocolate treat. We could choose marshmallows, cookies, jellies, cereal, and a few other choices...
and then they poured hot chocolate on to it.
YUM YUM!! Official chocolate overload had occurred for all of us.
Next stop was the playground where the kids ran off some of their sugar energy before we headed home. Everyone had such a nice visit that I am sure we will go again.
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