This almost makes me want to learn German. From what I can gather from the cognates, this is a chocolate museum in Cologne, and there are SAMPLES involved.
Then again, chocolate museums are not all they’re cracked up to be. I once went to one in Brussels, and it was little more than a series of exhibits in which cheap mannequins wearing 70s-style hairpieces demonstrated the chocolate-making process. In one particularly memorable display, an Amazonian tribe picked cocoa beans under the hot Brazilian sun, their bangs and shag cuts grazing the surface of their loin cloths.
There was also a multicultural look at chocolate from around the world, which basically demonstrated that the pure and noble people of the world’s oppressed countries eat dark chocolate, while the oppressors themselves like to add a lot of sugar to their chocolate and decorate it with superfluous designs.
The museum’s final room held a demonstration in which a grumpy Renault factory worker poured warm chocolate into molds, describing the process first in French, then in Flemish, and then finally in a tired, much abbreviated English. We all got to keep one chocolate from his demonstration. Then we were promptly pushed out of the room and into the chocolate boutique, whose peeling walls and bags of stale chocolate nearly made me cry.
If you’re going to build a chocolate museum, I think this is the way you’ve got to go: chocolate roller coaster, chocolate spa, chocolate samples, and--for the kids:
• Chocolate Toss (ages 3-6)
• Chocolate Hunt (ages 3-6)
• Hershey Kiss Bingo (ages 5 and up)
• Name that Candy Bar (ages 7 and up)
What was the science behind Hershey's decision that kids' awareness of chocolate brands is developed by age seven? Or that once you reach the end of your 6th year you have grown too old and jaded to experience the magic of the chocolate toss and chocolate hunt?
Categories: chocolate, Germany, Hershey, Lindtt