York’s Chocolate Story: Chocolate Tastings, Immersive Storytelling And DIY Choco-pops

York Chocolate Story
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Before visiting York’s Chocolate Story, we never realised the northern city’s connection with household names like Kit Kat and Smarties. After a visit to the attraction, we were left both enlightened and delighted; it was one of the highlights of our visit to York, United Kingdom.

York’s Chocolate Story consists of a guided tour which starts on the hour and covers two floors of exhibits.

Chocolate Families of York

Chocolate Families of York

From the ground floor, where the shop and ticketing counter were located, we took the lift up two storeys and found ourselves standing in a mock Victorian-era York street. Our guide provided an introduction to the families from York associated with chocolate, such as the Rowntrees and Terrys.

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We knew that it was going to be a good tour when our guide started handing out samples of Victorian-style chocolate for the group to try. We thought, “What a brilliant idea to include tastings on the tour.” as we munched on the sweet nuggets of chocolates.

The remainder of the tour on this level was dedicated to telling the story of cocoa and York’s association with chocolate. For example, we learnt that both Kit Kat and Smarties originated in York.

While York’s Chocolate Story isn’t very large, the attraction deserves kudos for its clever use of multimedia to keep the storytelling engaging, bringing the tales of chocolate to life. Plus, there were all the chocolate tastings too. Unfortunately, no photography is allowed on this floor but it was still a memorable experience.

Chocolate Treats – From Bean to Bar

Cocao Beans

The guided tour continued one floor below with a look at how chocolate is processed and manufactured.

how cocoa beans are turned into chocolate bars at York's Chocolate Story

At an interactive station, our guide took us through the process of how cocoa beans are turned into chocolate bars.


York's Chocolate Story - Chocolate Museum in United Kingdom

At another spot, we were taught the “proper way” to taste chocolate, just like a connoisseur. We used all senses – sight, smell, sound and taste – to evaluate a piece of chocolate.

Chocolate lolly decorating activity

There was also a chocolate lolly decorating activity where everyone got to make their own chocolate on a stick.

Demonstration by the in-house chocolatiers at York's Chocolate Story

The tour at York’s Chocolate Story ends with a demonstration by the in-house chocolatiers showing how pralines are made.

Chocolate tastings at York's Chocolate Story

This was followed by even more chocolate tastings!

The visit to York’s Chocolate Story was thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended for families, children or anyone who simply loves chocolate. It is both educational, informative and a great excuse to sample some chocolate!

York’s Chocolate Story, York, United Kingdom

Where: 3-4 Kings Square, York YO1 7LD, UK

If you enjoy chocolates, you may also enjoy reading about the Lindt Home of Chocolate.

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