World Chocolate Day 2019 falls on the 7th July 2019, also known as International Chocolate day, it is thought the date was chose to commemorate when chocolate was introduced to Europe in 1550. Surely here is no better place to visit to celebrate World Chocolate day than the city of York known as the UK’s City of Chocolate.
The city York has a rich and important history in this favoured sweet treat. Whilst other cities in in the north East built their fortunes on textiles, York chose a different path of confectionary.
Joseph Rowntree is recognised as one of York’s most famous son’s and not only set the city up as the capital of UK Chocolate he also established charitable trusts for the welfare of the local people . The Rowntree factory merged later with Mackintosh before being bought by Nestle. This world famous chocolate company is responsible for iconic chocolate bars and goodies such as Smarties, Yorkie, Kit Kat, Aero, Milkybar and Aero.
George Cadbury and Lewis Fry were both sent to the city o York to serve apprenticeships under Joseph Rowntree Senior at his grocers shop on Pavement street. Here is where they learnt the trade along with his son Joseph Rowntree Junior who later became the famous chocolate magnate. It is interesting to consider how highly Joseph Rowntree was regarded by the fact that Messrs Cadbury and Fry seniors sent their sons to serve under him. George Cadbury returned home to take over the business with his brother, built the new Garden factory and the Garden Village and made the world famous Cadburys Chocolate what it is today.
Another famous son of York called Joseph played an extremely important part in the history of Chocolate and also of York was Joseph Terry . Terry’s Chocolates’s origins can be traced back to 1767 and its hub of confectionery production remained in the city of York until 2005 . This famous chocolate company was responsible for many iconic confectionaries including Terry’s All Gold launched in 1931 and the ever popular Terry’s Chocolate Orange launched in 1932. Terry’s along with Rowntree’s and Cravens were the three chocolate making dynasties that became responsible for turning York into the UK’s home of Chocolate.
Celebrate World Chocolate Day In The City of York, The City Of Chocolate
So for any chocoholic or those looking to celebrate Worly Chocolate day There is much to see and do regarding chocolate in York. This includes the York Chocolate Trail and York’s Chocolate story where you can lean the art of being a chocolatier and enjoy a guided tour that traces the history of chocolate . You can see how cacao is transformed from the bean to a bar of chocolate and learn to taste chocolate like an expert
Another great place to visit is York Cocoa House Chocolate Emporium which as the names suggest gives you the chance to buy chocolate but also offers workshops, York Cocoa works, “chocolate manufactory tours” and a café
The city Of York is a great historical city to visit at any time as wealth as its cholate history the city boasts a wealth of attractions including York Minster and the Viking Jorvic centre to name just a couple. It is surrounded by the North Yorkshire countryside that includes both the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales.
The Burn hall Hotel York is set in the North Yorkshire Countryside just 20 minutes drive from teh city of York and is conveniently located for the York Park and Ride that services the city. The hotel offers 94 ensuite bedrooms , complementary Wi-Fi and plenty of free parking. The Burn Hall Hotel York ‘s a restaurant and bar serve a menu of delicious home cooked dishes featuring local produce as well a great range of wine spirits and local beers and ales .
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