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The sweet taste of success for chocolate in York

Chocolate Attraction

12:00am 30th March 2012

Yorkshire's delicious new attraction CHOCOLATE - York's Sweet Story has been adding the final ingredients and tasting lots of chocolate in preparation for its big opening this Saturday, 31 March.    

When the doors open to CHOCOLATE - York's Sweet Story, visitors will be able to taste their way through previously untold stories about some of the world's most famous sweetie brands that started their lives in York, the city where the UK's cultural love of chocolate and confectionery began.

The new attraction will feature priceless objects including the long lost cocoa tin that survived Captain Scott's fateful expedition to Antarctica to be found next to his frozen body on 29 March 1912 - 100 years ago this Thursday!  

An expert confectioneer will guide visitors through this delicious journey from the Aztecs and Mayans to the present day confectionery industry which continues to thrive in York.  Everyone who visits CHOCOLATE - York's Sweet Story will learn the fine art of chocolate tasting and the intricate processes that cocoa beans go through in order to become chocolate bars including grinding, conching and tempering.  

Mr York, who was an A-list celebrity of his day, will also be making an appearance.  There will be lots of opportunities to find out interesting facts about York's famous brands.  And, of course, no story of York and confectionery would be complete without a celebration of the life of KIT KAT.  The billion dollar brand that started its life as Rowntree's Chocolate Crisp and is now a global phenomenon with 17.8 billion fingers sold every year appearing in many different forms - in Japan alone there are 45 varieties including wasabi!  

Stories will uncover tales of how a Quaker named Mary Tuke made such an impact on the city and its people when she opened a grocery store in 1725 selling cocoa; how the production of sugared almonds in the French Almond Works in York influenced 1960s fashion; and how if it wasn't for two men who sold cough lozenges and lemon and orange peel in 1767, Terry's Chocolate Oranges and All Gold wouldn't exist today.  

York's confectionery industry's chocolate roots led to the development of specialist skills using sugar and flavours to develop gums and boiled sweets such as York Fruits, Craven's Humbugs and the unforgettable Polos, Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles and Fruit Gums.

CHOCOLATE - York's Sweet Story will bring all these stories together for the first time when it opens in King's Square, York on 31 March 2012. 

For more information please click here or call 0845 498 9411.  

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