Bovetti Chocolate Museum/Factory
24120 Terrasson Lavilledieu, Terrasson-Lavilledieu, France
www.bovetti.com - 33 (0) 5 53 51 57 36
Bovetti Chocolate Museum/Factory Terrasson-Lavilledieu Reviews
A Chocoholics Dream Aug 14, 2012
For fellow chocoholics this museum/factory is heaven on earth.
The excitement starts (well for Kath and I anyway)as soon as you queue to pay the admission price (3.80 euros for adults, 3.10 euros for under 12's who get a free chocolate mould to fill with the luscious stuff later on in the visit) as you come face to face with magnificent chocolate moulds and moulded chocolate figures on display. Everyone receives a written guide in their own language to take around the exhibits (as there is no tour guide)and you can stroll around at your own pace taking in the various displays and information.
The first display informs you of the history of cocoa from the Mayans through to the Europeans, this is followed with an audio/visual projection of plantations in Venezuela and how the pods are harvested. You are then guided through the drying and fermentation processes. There is a greenhouse that has real cocoa trees on display and then you are taken over to the industrial area, which shows you the process of roasting, crushing and conching - where different machines are also on display. (Never knew all this was involved just to make a bar of the wonderful stuff)
The next area is the actual working factory itself (viewed via a huge glass window)- unfortunately, there were no Oompa Loopas on duty today, just human beings working along a huge conveyor belt. At this point we were greeted by a lovely lady who explained the whole process of what was actually being made in the factory there and then (during our vist chocolate spoons were being manufactured, and when stirred into warm milk, hey presto - a hot chocolate drink is produced) she also went into great detail as to what machines were used and the acutal turnover of chocolate per month - and.................she said that chocolate has health and nutritional benefits too, phewww we learnt so much on this tour. I wonder if the workers hate the sight of the stuff!!!
Of course after all that learning and educational information what we really needed was to sample the stuff and oh did we sample it. The kids in front of us got to fill their plastic moulds with lovely melted chocolate whilst the adults sampled the numerous offerings in numerous baskets, so many chocolates, so many flavours, pure indulgence. And it wasn't the case of just taking one or two, the lady activley encouraged us to delve in as many times as we wished - after all we had to exit via the chocolate souvenir shop.
Talking of the souvenir shop, you will need extreme will power to not purchase anything from here. I failed dismally, with over 150 different chocolate bars alone to choose from, not forgetting the chocolate beer and other consumables on offer I ended up spending a small fortune.....and the majority of this was for gifts for the folks back home - can highly recommend the white chocolate and strawberry bar though =)
If you like chocolate, this is definitely the museum for you.
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