For anyone who’s ever dreamed that Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory was a real place you could visit, this one’s for you.
Luckily, we didn’t need to win one of 5 Golden Ticket’s to get to see Maestrani’s Chocolarium as access is unlimited and so is their chocolate. From the moment you walk in, to the moment you walk out there is nothing but sampling stations for all of their delicious chocolate. Also, tell your
wife kid that you’re taking her to a place where she’ll get to walk through and sample as much chocolate as she wants, and you’ll earn the rank of a god.
I loved the creativity and the imagination behind this place. Every inch of the Chocolarium is designed around the concept of HAPPINESS, and you feel it from the moment you get there with a pathway counting down each step to happiness.
Past the front door, you’re met by the smile-o-meter where your picture is taken and your smile measured.
The Chocolarium is a real life chocolate and sweet factory with a series of different rooms each focusing on the journey of chocolate, from bean to bar. The interactive rooms focus on everything from the raw ingredients and their origin through to the various processing methods.
And just when you leave one room and think “Holy Mother of Imagination, that was fun!”, you’re wowed again in the next room with even more colour and more attention to creative detail.
And my favourite, the dotty room. A plain white room which has been decorated over time by visitors to the Chocolarium with thousands of little dot stickers.
Towards the end of the exhibit, there is a chocolate workshop for those wanting to discover their inner chocolatier. We chose a bar of milk and white chocolate, which we received in it’s melted form and then Julz went crazy* at the topping station. She then placed the bar into the freezing hub and then packaged her final chocolate creation for the trip home.
* Crazy = Sprinkles and chocolate/biscuit balls with a teeny, tiny bit of crushed caramel added to the side for her Dad. Note the 20:1 ratio.