By now you have probably noticed that I have a few serious addictions in my life. One of them is chocolate. There’s just no way for me to keep my hands off it. Even when I am dieting I always have to have at least one piece of chocolate at some point during the day to keep me from going insane. And when things are not going as planned chocolate is always there by my side. Really, there’s nothing that dark, rich, creamy goodness can’t fix. With chocolate in both hands I can conquer the world 🙂 So when we got to Dunedin, after having been on the New Zealand roads for a month, there really was no stopping me when I found out that Cadbury World provides tours through their chocolate factory.
Packed with my camera I make my way to the visitor’s centre. Unfortunately it’s also the first thing I have to put into a locker along with my cell phone and any jewelry I have on. They give us special plastic shower caps to cover our hair. Of course we look ridiculous but I am too excited to care. Besides, we also each get a little plastic bag to put the chocolate samples in they will be handing out during the tour. As we walk the long corridors I can’t help but feel like Charlie in the chocolate factory expecting to see Oompa Loompas around every corner.
While the sweet smell of chocolate penetrates through our senses, the guide tells us all about Cadbury and the chocolate making process. We follow him into the kitchen to see how the chocolates are made and stored. And we watch in awe as one ton of melted chocolate falls from the chocolate fall after which we get to have a little taste of it in especially poured small plastic cups. All the while filling our plastic bags with sweet dark samples of goodness. I could have stayed all day long. Unfortunately nothing lasts forever and it’s time to get back to the world outside the walls of chocolate. But not without a goodbye shot in one of the vintage trucks of course! 😉
In Dunedin and as addicted to chocolate as I am? Then definitely work Cadbury World into your schedule. They offer both full tours and short tours throughout the week but it’s best to get your tickets in advance. There are many addicts out there and it can get quite busy in Cadbury’s chocolate factory.