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York is a city built on chocolate. That’s right, chocolate! York’s successful chocolate-making history dates back almost 300 years. The result of its popularity created a city filled with iconic buildings, a pioneering model village, and a huge assortment of artisan confectionery producers and independent chocolate shops! You can learn all about History of Chocolate in York at York’s Chocolate Story.
This hands-on exhibit in King’s Square takes you from the beginning when candymakers first began using cocoa through the chocolatiers of today. This chocolate tour will teach you about the greatest names in chocolate, allow you to sample different types of chocolate, and gives you the opportunity to participate in the art of chocolate making.
Your guided tour begins with a brief history of the early chocolate pioneers. While we were there, they had a special exhibition on the Terry Family. This family was responsible for such popular treats like the Chocolate Orange.
Next, learn about the history of the actual cocoa plant and its Central American origins. You will even get to taste the cocoa drink the Native Americans drank in ancient times. It is nothing like the hot chocolate we have to day. It was quite bitter and gritty.
After learning about how chocolate was brought to York, you will start your journey in chocolate making. You see the process of turning the cocoa bean into chocolate and how to properly examine chocolate and its flavoring.
Once you’ve become an expert chocolatier, you can create your own chocolate lollipop! Choose the chocolate and your own toppings! They’ll even give you a bag so you can save it for later.
If you love chocolate, you will definitely want to spend time at the York Chocolate Story. It is open daily from 10-6 (last tour begins at 4pm) and you will want to make sure that you book your tour in advance. The entire tour takes about 90 minutes total, so plan for 2 hours to be on the safe side.
If you have the York Pass, the tour is included.
If you don’t get enough of a sweet fix from this tour, you can learn more about the history of chocolate in York by taking a private chocolate tasting tour or go on your own walking tour along the Chocolate Trail.
Have you visited York? Did you learn about the history of chocolate in York?