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News Release - Issued by York’s Chocolate Story

Celebrate the brands that made York the tastiest city in the UK!

York is a city built on chocolate and confectionary. World-famous brands, including KitKat, Aero and the Terry’s Chocolate Orange all originated from the historic city and York’s Chocolate Story will be showcasing this heritage in a unique exhibition beginning on May 4th.

With the founding families of UK confectionary such as Rowntree’s, Terry’s and Cravens all calling York their home it’s no wonder the city can boast such a fantastic range of iconic brands.

Visitors will be able to discover which world famous chocolate bar was once called a Chocolate Crisp (Kit Kat) and which colourful treats were formerly known as Chocolate Beans (Smarties). Reminisce with old favourites no longer in production and meet Plain Mr. York of York, Yorks whose TV appearance was a world first!

York’s famous confectionary brands haven’t just made an impact on waistlines. Visitors can find out how Craven’s French Almonds had a dazzling effect on fashion trends in the sixties and what Rowntree’s classic may have been Captain Scott’s last meal on his ill-fated expedition to the South Pole.

Nikki Jacobs, General Manager of York’s Chocolate Story commented: “We’re very excited to unveil our brand new exhibition to our visitors. The sense of nostalgia throughout the tour is often the highlight for our guests; we wanted to expand on that feeling by showcasing the nation’s favourite chocolate brands and their packaging through time. The exhibition is sentimental and visually appealing for all ages, as they recollect their favourite sweet treats from days gone by.”

At York’s Chocolate Story, you can discover the stories behind the greatest names in chocolate, unwrap the secrets of chocolate making, and even learn the art of the chocolatier for yourself. A fully guided tour and three floors of interactive exploration take you on a journey through the city where chocolate made history.

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Notes to Editors:

York's Chocolate Story, located in the heart of York, is an entertaining and informative guided tour through the history of York's most famous chocolate-making families and their finest creations. You'll discover chocolate's origins, how to make it, how to taste it like an expert and even the sustainable future of chocolate.

The journey begins thousands of years ago in the rainforests of Central America and continues through the history of chocolate’s founding families and the fascinating facts behind their finest creations. Visitors can learn how a simple cocoa bean is transformed into the finest chocolate, and take a look at the history of York’s most iconic chocolate brands. Then master the secrets of the chocolatier, as you create hand-made chocolates for yourself, before seeing how the experts do it.

We advise booking your tour online in advance at

Opening Times:
• The attraction is open daily from 10am – 6pm (last tour is at 5pm).
• Closed on 25th December, 26th December and 1st January.

Admission prices:
• Adult £10.50
• Concession £9.50
• Child £8.50
• Family of four £32.50
• Family of five £39.50

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About Continuum Attractions:
• Continuum Attractions lead the way in creating immersive and cultural heritage experiences that engage visitors with fascinating stories, brought to life in unforgettable and imaginative ways.
• Continuum Attractions own, operate and manage seven cultural attractions across the UK:
o Continuum Heritage Attractions
- The Real Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh
- The Canterbury Tales, Canterbury
- Oxford Castle Unlocked, Oxford
- York's Chocolate Story, York
o Continuum Icon Attractions
- Coronation Street the Tour, Manchester
- Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
o Continuum Explore Attractions
- Kent Life