During our first night in Cologne we decided to take a walk to look for places we could go. While we walked along the river, I spotted the chocolate Museum. I was excited because we would be heading there the next morning.
The museum cost about €7.50. It’s pretty big inside. I think we spent about 2-3 hours there. First of all, you get to see how coco beans are grown and where to find them, how they are harvested and the tools used and can read about different types and what they can be used for. After that you get to enter the room where chocolate is actually being made. A woman handed out samples and you could look at each machine to see what was happening to the chocolate. Upstairs you could see the molds and learn how to use them as well as how the covers for the Lindor bunnies are made. There was even a section where you could get chocolate custom-made for you! I didn’t get any made because it was being made where nuts were and I didn’t want to risk bits of nuts getting mixed into my chocolate.
Up another set of stairs you could learn about how chocolate was used in the past. Apparently, rich people drank chocolate at parties because it was such a luxury item. It was also used as medicine. I’m not sure how it was related but there were hieroglyphic looking things hanging up as well as stone sculptures from a tribe or something. You could also see how packaging has changed over the years. There were touch screen games throughout each floor so it would be good for kids.
The gift shop is filled with so many gorgeous looking chocolates. I bought 2 bars of chocolate. One filled with strawberry stuff and one was just milk chocolate. You could buy champagne filled bars of chocolate as well as chilli and mint filled chocolate bars. There was a section with freshly made chocolates. I had a hard time choosing. I ended up buying 5 little white chocolate truffles too. They were amazing. Although I didn’t do it, you were able to try chocolates before buying them. I think that’s a good idea because people can make sure they are going to love what they buy instead of buying something then being let down.
We tried to go back to the gift shop on the last day so that we could buy some gifts for Chris’ parents but it was closed. Don’t worry, there was another shop like it close to the major shopping streets. I ended up buying strawberry chocolate (a different one) and a lollipop (which turned out to be filled with really sour sherbet) in that shop. There was just so much to choose from. Chris and our friend bought quite a bit from that shop too.
More trip posts will be coming soon