Days out in Yorkshire: Chocolate Story, York

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If you’re on a serious diet then I’ll apologise now... this is all about chocolate.

If you’ve ever fancied following in Charlie’s footsteps minus the weird Wonkeresque tour guide and cabbage soup or what happened to Augustus Gloop, then we’ve got a sweet treat for you.

York’s Chocolate Story is in the heart of York, chocolate capital of the country.

The interactive guided tour through time and chocolate takes you from idea and inception to modern day chocolatiering. If that’s a word.

Highlights include several opportunities to taste - or gorge - on chocolate samples ranging from tiny original recipe bits which are delicious, to Mayan drinking delights which are preceded by a dramatic film about the fallen civilisation on an impressive panoramic screen.

Next up is talking to ghosts of chocolate’s past – it’s like something from Harry Potter. The still portraits come to life and even start talking to each other.

In true chocolate style, the final course is one of the best bits.

The finale sees you ushered into the Factory Zone, interactive and full of examples of chocolate, brands, history and a great lesson in professional chocolate tasting.

Plus there’s the chance to create your own choccy lollies.

The tour finishes with the brilliant head chocolatier Andrew Thwaite giving you a master class in making chocolate. And yes, you get to eat some.

So maybe it’s time to ditch the diet - at least for a couple of hours.

Oh, and apparently you are more likely to become bad tempered if you smell chocolate, but don’t eat it.

Just saying.

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Price: Adult £9.50, children £7.50, under 4 free (discounts available online)

Opening Times: 10am to 6pm

Address: King’s Square, York, YO1 7LD

Car Parking: City’s park and ride

Attraction Website: www.yorkschocolatestory.com

Telephone: 0845 498 9411

For more days out see www.yorkshire.com

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