Back in 2009, when Chubby and I was having our honeymoon at New Zealand, we visited the Cadbury Chocolate factory. Well, it’s some kind of experience but we weren’t really impressed. Maybe because it’s very technical explaining how chocolates are made.
So when we visited Melbourne Phillip Island last year, we were contemplating whether to visit the chocolate factory there, since it’s much smaller in size then Cadbury we thought maybe it’s not worth the visit. However, a sharp eye Zai spotted the factory when we drove pass it while going for the penguin parade. He asked what is it and when I told him it’s a chocolate factory, he requested us to go the next day. And coincidentally we were too early at the farm we wanted to visit the following day, so we decide to just drop by the chocolate factory for a quick look. And I’m glad we did, cause we had fun!
This tour is unguided, so you can spend as much time as you like inside the factory and areas that you like.
The first section of the factory show cases some exhibits made entirely with chocolates.
I was quite impress with this town already until I see this display.
Pardon the bad lighting. I filmed it with my iPhone so its quite bad. you will be more mesmerize when you see the actual product. Even the kids couldn’t help but watched it a few times.
After being awed by their craftsmanship, it’s time for some educational “tour”. You guess it, the process of making chocolates. They tried to make it more interesting by adding in some “interaction” to the exhibits.
After all the educational tour, you reach the Tikam Tikam section. Basically there were a few un-man game stalls. If you manage to complete the game, a small ball will drop out. If you collect enough of such balls, you can exchange for a small packet of chocolate balls at their retail outlet. And yes, we spend most of our time there. Even the kids have fun trying out the games.
After we ensure each adult gets a pack of chocolate balls, we decide it’s time to move on (LOL). If I didn’t remember wrongly, it’s a continuation of the making of chocolates. And in one of the chambers, you will find a machine that dispense out different flavor of chocolates. For free! I tried the dark and milk chocolate I was delicious. The kids kept on wanting to go back to the machine. But was stopped by me. I really do not want them to go on a sugar rush.
After the chamber with free chocs, it’s their “machine” room where they mould the chocs into different shapes and patterns. There is also a large machine in the center that allow you to “write or draw” some pattern using melted chocolate. The chocolate will then pass through a conveyer belt to harden and you can collect it at the end of the belt. It was not easy to write with the machine and takes quite a while to reach the collecting end. And when it finally did, if you didn’t catch it in time, it might fall into the bin and break. So we weren’t really successful in our attempt. But the boy was very happy picking up the broken pieces and stuffing it into his mouth. (Yes, we spend sometime there as we took turn to write and waited for the end product. So the boy had many chances to sneak chocs into his mouth).
There is also a retail shop at the end often tour. You can get some of their chocs home.
All in all we found the visit quite fun with the interesting displays and games. We spend half a day there before proceeding back to the farm for lunch.
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