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A day out at York Chocolate Story

Renowned for its chocolate, the city of York has embraced its rich chocolate background and opened an attraction dedicated to all things chocolate.

Set in the heart of the city centre in King’s Square, the York Chocolate Story is three floors of the sweet stuff.

Booked onto a tour, we met our tour guide at the entrance who took us up to the first floor where we were told about the history of the different chocolate houses (Terry’s, Rowntrees, and Cravens)ย  and how they came about.

The past was made to ‘come alive’ with a series ofย  paintings, which the tour guide interacted with which added a fun twist to things.

One of the best parts for the small one was the fact that there were regular tastings of chocolate – although he wasn’t so sure about some of the earlier versions of chocolate, as they were slightly bitter and not as sweet as the chocolate we get nowadays.

The Quality Street went down a lot better!

After learning about the history of the chocolate, and how the workers packed the chocolates with speed and skill, we headed to the ‘factory’ bit.

Here we were shown how chocolate was made by a series of graphics that showed each step of the chocolate making process.


This one portrays the adding and stirring of ingredients

stirring and adding chocolate

Another highlight of the trip was the chocolate tasting part. Usually, when you eat chocolate, I bet you just usually stuff it in your mouth. Don’t you?!

No. What you should be doing is putting it onto the back of your hand first. (You’ll find out why on the tour, as I don’t want to spoil the lesson!)

tasting chocolate

After the chocolate tasting session, we had the opportunity to make our own bars of chocolate which was great fun as we could choose our own sprinkles to put in.

Then it was across to the kitchen where we watched some amazingly talented chocolatiers sculpt.

When we were there, they were sculpting a footballer and the World Cup trophy out of chocolate.

Full of tasters, we also got to take home our chocolate bar creations we had made earlier home with us.

If you’re a fan of chocolate, you’ll find the York Chocolate Story interesting.


We were given a pass in order to do this review. All thoughts completely true and our honest opinion!


  1. erinalice
    May 15, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    We’re fans of chocolate! It looks like a great day out. We’d all love trying our hand at making chocolate! #TravelTales

  2. May 16, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Looks like a lovely way to spend the afternoon with the family. We will be staying in Yorkshire this Summer so will keep here in mind for when we visit York – who could resist all that chocolate?? Thanks for linking to #traveltales – I’ve added this post to our pinterest board x

  3. May 19, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    I absolutely adore York, one of my favourite cities to visit!

    We did see it advertised a lot but, we have never done the Chocolate Story. We’ll definitely be revisiting York again in future so I’ll have to try and find time to squeeze it in as it sounds really interesting. Besides, now I gotta find out why you’re supposed to put chocolate on the back of your hand before eating ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • indreamworld
      May 19, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      It’s definitely worth a visit! I’m just a tease with the chocolate on the back of the hand, aren’t I?! ๐Ÿ˜€

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