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.
“I enjoyed tasting the cacao bean. It was so bitter and strong in flavour! I didn't expect it to taste like that.” – Mack, 3I.
“I loved tasting the fruity flavoured chocolate, it was yummy! I loved having the opportunity to try new things.” – Olivia, 3I.
“My favourite part of the trip was when we watched a video about cacao trees and how chocolate is made.” – Alex, 3S.
“My favourite part was when we got to taste the chocolate.” – Virgi 3B
Andrew Foster, Year 3 Class Teacher