We were greeted by the sight of two busloads of college students in the foyer. In the crowd, it was nice to meet up with familiar homeschoolers and put faces on the names that I had come across in the homeschool network on Facebook.
We were reminded that the world is indeed small when Dear Hubby recognised the organiser immediately. They were secondary schoolmates.
The tour of the factory started with a short video clip on the processes of chocolate making from cocoa beans to end product.
We were than led down a hallway with posters on the history of cocoa and chocolate from the Aztecs to the British Empire.
Then it was on to the ingredients in chocolate. 4 main ingredients were required - Cocoa mass, cocoa butter, sugar and milk powder.
The most interesting was how chocolate coated nuts were made. We still can't figure out how the rotating drums keep the nuts from clumping together as the melted chocolate is drizzled in.
It was a short tour but was adequate to introduce the idea of automation in food production and the interesting historical facts on cocoa.