Saturday, 25 July 2009

German Chocolate Museum! (1)

In the middle of this month, I was lucky enough to visit Germany with my school for a week, hence the quiet Teen Baker July ;). We were staying in a village (Bad Munstereifel)about 90mins from Cologne (or Koln in German) and a similar distance from the German theme park Fantasialand! But, the aim of this post is to share the rather splendid joys of the Schokoladenmuseum we visited in Colgone.


Images © Raimond Spekking / CC-BY-SA-3.0 (via Wikimedia Commons)
As well as having sections of the museum devoted to showing visitors the history of chocolate, cocoa bean farming, the lives of cocoa farmers, cocoa distribution and chocolate advertising – the most interesting section was the chocolate production area which was held in the big glass rooms at the end of the huge museum (top picture). This part of the museum is partnered with Lindt chocolates, so the working machines and five foot chocolate fountain were all pouring out molten Lindt chocolate. The most famous Lindt is probably the melt-in-your-mouth truffles. Although the machines making the inner melty truffle weren’t on display for the public, the finishing stages were and were utterly mouth watering to watch and is what I want to share with you today…
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Firstly, cold truffles are lined up ready to be covered in their final coating of milk chocolate…
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Then they go under the mini chocolate waterfall and are covered in a whole new layer of deliciousness AKA Lindt chocolate…
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Next, the truffles are rolled along this vibrating conveyor belt to “rough up” the layer…
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The next conveyor belt dries and cools the truffles so that they are ready…
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Hope you enjoyed the photos! Next up, the cafe photos and top chocolate facts !!

7 comments:

Steph said...

I've been to the cadbury chocolate factory for a school trip. I wonder if working with chocolates all day makes people sick of them?

apparentlyjessy said...

Oooh drool! I love Lindt chocolate, these photos have given me a craving!
How lucky you got to go to Germany for a school trip...oh to live in Europe, must be so cool!

Elra said...

It must has been so cool to be able to visit Chocolate museum. Yum!

Hannah said...

What fun! This is the kind of museum even I'd love to check out, and I'm not big on museums at all.

Young Adventures... said...

Hello Lucy~

What a great experience! I love lindt chocolate and use it for truffles that I make myself. Thanks for sharing.

George said...

What an utterly wonderful school trip Lucy!! I wish I'd done things like this when I was at school.

Fabulous photos too :)

Ash said...

Wow!! you lucky girl! what a great little trip!!
I use to live really close to a chocolate factory and the smells that cascaded from it always led me to want chocolate. Hopefully you got to bring some home!