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A real-life ‘Wonka-esque’ chocolate experience has opened in Switzerland

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

The Lindt Home of Chocolate opened on Sept. 13, 2020, in Kilchberg, Switzerland (about 5 miles from Zurich). This unique and interactive chocolate experience features an exhibition on the history of chocolate, a “Chocolateria” for hands-on chocolate-making courses, the largest Lindt Chocolate boutique in the world, and an actual chocolate fountain.

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Images courtesy of Lindt Home of Chocolate

At the cost of 100 million Swiss francs (more than $110 million), The spectacular Lindt Home of Chocolate at Lindt & Sprüngli’s historic headquarters was designed to provide visitors with a comprehensive information platform on the subject of chocolate, but there’s no question the highlight of any visit will be the chocolate fountain in the main entrance area. This nearly 30-foot-high fountain is the only one of its kind in the world and—a la Willy Wonka—features (what else?) nearly 400 gallons of real flowing chocolate.

“With the construction of the Lindt Home of Chocolate, we have created a Chocolate Competence Center that is unique in Switzerland and will strengthen the innovation of our industry over the long term,” says the president of the Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation’s Board, Ernst Tanner.

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Once inside, guests can explore the 5,000-square-foot interactive multimedia exhibition covering cocoa cultivation, the history of chocolate, Swiss chocolate pioneers, and chocolate production. Here, chocolate fans of all ages will learn fascinating facts about Switzerland as a chocolate country (and may even discover a few secrets about how chocolate is produced). At the end of the information-packed tour through the museum, guests are rewarded with a visit to the “Chocolate Heaven” tasting room where they can taste delicious Lindt creations.

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The new building will also serve as the home for the world-famous Lindt Master Chocolatiers who, for the first time, will provide comprehensive insight into their world of chocolate, their passion, and expertise. In addition, visitors will be able to create their own chocolate masterpieces in the “Chocolateria” under the Master Chocolatiers’ expert guidance, which is the perfect souvenir – or, more likely, snack.

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Entry for the chocolate tour costs 15 francs ($16.50) for adults and 10 francs ($11) for children eight and older. Click here for more information.

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