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Köln, Germany - 3rd June 2012

By: Shilo

Good morning Mum!

Oh mum, this was the best day I had so far on my trip. Shilo took us to Cologne to visit the Chocolate Museum. And inside the museum is a chocolate factory, so I could fulfill one of my life missions today.

First we went into the tropic house. There I found a cacao plant, but it has no fruits at the moment.

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With this tool you can find out how heavy the bag with the cacao beans is

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Oh look I found some chocolate in the show cases.

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Then we went into the section with the chocolate factory.
This machine is called Cocoa mill.  The pre-crushed cocoa kernels were milled and trough the frictional heat the cocoa butter melts and the cocoa mass leaves the mill in a liquid state.

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This is a giant mixer. Chocolate essentially consists of cocoa paste, cocoa butter, sugar, milk or cream powder, and flavourings such as vanilla. All components were filled into the mixer and thoroughly blended.  After that the paste was lead to the rolling mill.

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The luke-warm chocolate paste is passed into the preheated moulds. The moulds then pass over a vibrating table so that the chocolate paste is evently distributed and any air bubbles can escape.

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And this machine wraps the chocolate into paper. This chocolate was given as a gift for every visitor at the entrance.

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This is a giant chocolate fountain. It looks so yummy and I hope I can taste a little bit of this chocolate.

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Oh great, host dad was so nice and shared his chocolate with me

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Here you can see some shapes for chocolate bunny’s and Easter eggs and some sheets for Santa clause

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Look mum; here you could see how different chocolate sculptures were made out of different shapes.

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The best thing in the factory beside the chocolate fountain is that you could design your own chocolate. You could choose which kind of chocolate you want and up to 4 ingredients which came into it. We choose white chocolate with cranberries, almond and crisps.

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Here we could see how the self-designed chocolate was made.

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After that we needed a little break

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Mum did you know, that Years ago you couldn’t buy chocolate in supermarkets? You had to buy it in drugstores or get it out of cool looking machines

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Wow a giant Lindt Rabbit and the in Germany very famous Milka cow

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Here we could see how the packaging of some chocolate products changed through the years

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I couldn’t imagine how long it will take to eat this huge chocolate ball

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On our way back to the factory we saw some old commercials

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Great we got our self-made chocolate. It looks really yummy.

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It was a wonderful day. We had so much fun and we learned a lot about the history of chocolate and how it was made.

Love you Mum
Milk Chocolate

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