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York's Chocolate Story


York is a city with a vast range of heritage and history, from medieval to Vikings. However, one lesser known aspect of the city’s history is its connection to the chocolate industry. While other northern cities built their wealth on steel, coal or wool, York’s fame and fortune have rested on chocolate for almost 300 years: thanks to the vision and invention of its great entrepreneurial families, not to mention the industry and dedication of its people.


Three chocolate making dynasties are responsible for turning York into the UK’s home of chocolate over the past 200 years. Those companies, which in time became household names are the Rowntree’s, the Terry’s and the Cravens.

 

At York’s Chocolate Story you can discover the stories behind the greatest names in UK chocolate, unwrap the secrets of chocolate making, and even learn the art of the chocolatier for yourself.

World-famous brands, including KitKat, Aero and Terry’s Chocolate Orange, all originated from the historic city of York. A fully guided tour and three floors of interactive exploration take you on a journey through the city where chocolate made history.

 

Though much has changed over the centuries, York remains the UK’s home of chocolate. Once you’ve explored chocolate making and its history, you can even shop for and indulge in chocolate to your heart’s content. There’s so much for you to enjoy and discover!

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York produces 80,000 tonnes of confectionery a year!
Six million Kit Kats are made in York every day and about 564 Kit Kat fingers are consumed every single second.
‘Meet Mr York’ was the first animated advert featuring both sound and moving pictures in 1929. See the original Mr York at York’s Chocolate Story.

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