Chocolate is my thing; if I’m sad – give me chocolate, if I’m happy – chocolate will prolong that, if it’s my birthday(and any other occasion for that matter) – chocolate always wins. I am a self confessed chocoholic milk white dark I just ruddy loves it.
Being given the chance to have a sneak peak into what goes on behind the scenes a the Thorntons factory was like a dream come true the email landed in my inbox and made my day. Who am I kidding it made my whole month.
The day started out with a tour of the factory, we got our self all dolled up in the most beautiful white coats, giant shoes and hair nets – no really a hair net but it’s all health and safety so it’s good to see they have strict guidelines on that.
As soon as we walking down the steps the amazing smell of chocolate hit us like a ton of bricks – I was in chocolatey heaven, Christmas prep was in full swing it was great to see some of our favourite products being made from the little santa’s to the snowmen it was really interesting to see the process they go through before they reach us in stores.
One thing that struck us all; other than the unbelievable urge to touch, eat and just generally stick fingers in things (which we didn’t do by the way far to professional) was just how many people were active in the factory. Nowadays you picture it all being machines and robots and while there were some pretty whizzy bits of equipment there were still so many people hand packing boxes of chocolates and carefully checking each product was perfect.
After a delicious lunch it was time for us to get stuck in with some chocolate decorating and creating, it was so much fun to get hands on and have a go. While I wont be quitting my day job and becoming a chocolatier any time soon they still tasted pretty darn good and I was quite proud of my little creations. My method was more is more – the more chocolate and more sprinkles the better!
With enough boxes to keep me stocked in chocolate for a while I hung up my Willy Wonker apron and headed home slightly high on sugar I wont lie – it was a really great experience and a massive thank-you to Thorntons for having me particularly are great tour guides who really looked after us all day!
I was invited by Thorntons to visit the factory in celebration of national chocolate week!