To bring to life this term’s Themed Learning topic of ‘Chocolate’, we visited Zotter’s Chocolate Factory. In class the children have been learning about chocolate and the journey from ‘Bean to Bar’, as well as studying ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ in Literacy, so this was a very meaningful trip for them.
When we arrived at the factory we were taken to the chocolate theatre to watch a video about how Zotter’s chocolate is made. This included information about how the family business started, as well as clips from Nicaragua where Zotter’s Fair Trade chocolate beans come from.
After that the taste sensation began! Each group was taken to different chocolate tasting stations around the factory. Children were able to taste a variety of different chocolates at the chocolate turntables. It was quite a challenge breaking bars of chocolate using the labooko cracker!
The children waited eagerly at the running chocolate station where unusual flavours of chocolate went around on a conveyor belt instead of sushi. There were 'ooohhhs' and 'ahhhhs' as children bravely smelt the unknown herbs.
A particular highlight was the drinking chocolate bar. Children could select a bar of chocolate to be melted into a delicious drink! As well as tasting lots of delicious chocolate, the children learnt all about how chocolate is made and the ‘Bean to Bar’process. Children were able to see and taste cocoa beans before they had been processed and learn how chocolate is made tasty and sweet.
"We all loved squirting the chocolate onto our spoons and trying new flavours." - Agastya, 3B.
"This is the best trip because I was able to taste lots of different flavours of chocolate and when our guide asked us questions I could answer them because I know a lot about chocolate now!" - Han Kuday, 3I.
"I was surprised by how dark and bitter the cocoa bean tasted." - Cathrin, 3X
"My favourite part was the dark chocolate on the sushi belt!" - Sakura, 3P.
"We found out how you make chocolate really tasty…by adding sugar, cocoa butter and milk. It would be awesome to work in a chocolate factory. I would not recommend eating the nibs though, especially if you don’t like bitter things!" - Mikel & Olivia, 3U.
- Michelle Gill, Year 3 Class Teacher