ChoCologne

If you are going to visit Cologne, how can you not give in to chocolate temptation and visit its chocolate museum? I certainly gave in to my sweet tooth when I was there…

Step into my shoes for our last of January’s Destination of the Month posts about the beautiful and historic German city of Cologne. This is a sweet post which leads us nicely onto February’s Destination of the Month, which will take us eating our way around Mallorca. Stay tuned!

(please note, inmyshoestravel.com does not take responsibility for calories gained as a result of reading the following post)

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Cologne Chocolate Museum

Köln Chocolate Museum

The Cologne Chocolate Museum, located on the River Rhine, is shaped like a huge chocolate-laden ship, which looks like it is about to set sail off down the Rhine taking its booty with it.

The chocolate musuem is located centrally near the old town and is right next to one of the city’s best Christmas Markets, appropriately named the Chocolate Museum Market.

The entrance to the museum is across the bridge from the market.

The entrance price to the Cologne Chocolate Museum is 8.50€ for adults and 6€ for children and the opening hours are as follows: Tues-Fri 10am-6pm and Sat-Sun 11am-7pm. The last admission is one hour before closing and the museum is CLOSED on a Monday.

You might think that the entrance price seems a bit steep but let me assure you, it is a small price to pay to go to heaven!

Fun Chocolate Facts

The first part of the Cologne Chocolate Museum takes you back in time to learn about where chocolate first came from and how the product became known throughout the world. There are many interesting geographical facts about cocoa beans and their origins as well as about the farmers who cultivate them.

The Cologne Chocolate Museum is cleverly designed in an interactive way to make learning fun for all the family.

Did you know…?

  • Almost 980,000 tonnes of chocolate and chocolate products were produced in Germany in 2009. Bars of chocolate made up half of the entire production volume.
  • The current number of cocoa farmers worldwide is estimated at between five and six million. However, the number of people who are dependent on cocoa cultivation is far higher – the estimated figure is between 40 and 50 million.
  • In general, those who cultivate and harvest the cocoa never have the opportunity to enjoy the end product – the bar of chocolate. Experts estimate that approximately 75% of cocoa farmers and their families have never tasted a piece of chocolate.
  • In Germany chocolate consumption was over 750,000 tonnes in 2009. Converting this figure into per-capita consumption it means that each German citizen consumed 9.18 kg of chocolate – almost 92 bars! This makes Germany one of the world’s largest consumers of chocolate.

Köln Chocolate Museum

Stepping into Charlie’s shoes

The next part of the visit is where things get exciting; it’s like entering Willy Wonka’s factory as you step into the glass chocolate factory. There are all sorts of chocolate products being made and many strange contraptions whizzing and whirring. The only thing missing is a few Oompa Loompas.

I was fascinated with the production line, watching as the bars of chocolate were made; starting as a mass of melted chocolate, being poured into moulds, passing through the refrigerator, being dressed in wrappers and finally being bound into neat batches ready for transportation. From melted mass to ready-to-unwrap bar of chocolate not one human was used; it was all one smooth-running machine.

Köln Chocolate Museum

Also in the glass chocolate factory is where you find the Chocolate Fountain, standing three metres tall and constantly erupting with 200kg of delicious flowing milk chocolate.

The best thing about the Chocolate Fountain for me was the jolly woman standing beside it with a box full of wafers, which she took one at a time and dipped in the fountain and then passed them out to everyone who walked past. Imagine having that job!

After you have eaten as many of these wafers, coated in sickly milk chocolate, as you can manage to stuff into you mouth (I managed one!) you can go up the stairs and design your own chocolate bar.

You take a leaflet which lists all the ingredients available ranging from dried fruits to nuts and brittle to chocolate chips to vanilla beans and you select what you want in yours. You choose between milk, white and dark chocolate and then you hand your leaflet to the staff whom you can then watch make it.

The chocolate bars that you design yourself are not included in the entrance price of the museum like the chocolate from the chocolate fountain and they are optional. They cost 3.50€ each and take 40 minutes to be made.

Köln Chocolate Museum

The Cologne Chocolate Museum Shop

When you have finished in the museum you can go to the shop. Let me warn you: even if you think you are going just for a “look”, by the time you have finished in the shop your pockets will be empty and you will have a lot of heavy bags full of chocolate products.

They sell everything you can imagine made from chocolate: boxes of chocolates, bars of chocolate, powdered chocolate for drinking, hollow chocolate statues, chocolate figures and objects, chocolate flavoured coffee, chocolate flavoured liqueurs, and every possible chocolate combination you can think of.

We bought some bars of chocolate flavoured with various things such as pepper, mint, wasabi and toffee.

Köln Chocolate Museum

I hope you have enjoyed this chocolate-flavoured post. Click here to read more about my experiences in Cologne, or here for more tasty posts. In the meantime, I’m just going to the kitchen to see if I have left myself any of that delicious but sinful you-know-what…

If you would like to see the rest of my ChoCologne photos you can find them on Flickr.

Have you ever been to a museum where you have wanted to eat the display? I want to know every detail…

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About the Author: Lisa, born and grew up in England, live in Mallorca, Spain... Have visited more than 20 countries, have twice as many to yet visit, love sharing experiences....

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