A fully
guided tour of york’s chocolate history

At the heart of york’s history

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Discover the story of chocolate

Our journey begins thousands of years ago in the rainforests of Central America, where ancient tribes discovered the power of the mighty cocoa bean. It continues through to the 18th century, when it was embraced by York’s great Quaker families, who opened their own cocoa houses and chocolate shops.

Over the next 300 years, the Tuke, Rowntree, Terry and Craven families made the city of York world-famous for its chocolate and sweets. So your expert guide is here to lead you through the history of chocolate’s founding families and the fascinating facts behind their finest creations in the Story Zone.

Uncover the chocolatier’s secrets

Our journey continues on the Factory Zone; you will first learn how a simple cocoa bean is transformed into the finest chocolate in our virtual chocolate factory. Also you’ll discover the history of some of York’s most iconic chocolate brands – take a trip down memory lane and reminisce with some retro favourites from times gone by

You’ll also learn the secret of why chocolate makes us feel so good and why it has an ethical and sustainable future. Then it’s time to master the secrets of the chocolatier, as you create hand-made chocolates for yourself, before seeing how our very own experts do it. Watch our Chocolatiers as they showcase the art of chocolate-making and sample the fruits of their labour: fresh hand-made chocolates.

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