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YOU and the Chocolate Factory

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May 31, 2014 / French / By
Nicola

Thanks to Roald Dahl, Gene Hunt and Johnny Depp, we have all been brought up dreaming of the marvels of chocolate factories and the wonderful creations which are produced within. If you're a chocolate lover (quite frankly, you'd be mad not to be) then a chocolate factory is probably your idea of heaven. It's probably also your idea of the unobtainable. However, delving deep into the world of making chocolate is not quite as far out of your reach as you may think. The Chocolaterie de Beussent-Lachelle is a delightful chocolate shop in the village of Beussent, near Boulogne-sur-Mer, in northern France. This chocolate shop has opened its doors to visitors, so now anyone is able to enter their world, take a tour of the factory, and even taste some of its very own chocolatey delights.

This chocolate shop makes all of the chocolates which it sells in the shop itself; it is one of the only factories in France to make the chocolate right from the cocoa bean. They make excellent quality chocolate, as they use cocoa beans which mostly come from Ecuador. On the tour of the factory, the entire chocolate making process is covered, including how the cocoa beans are prepared for use.

The staff who work at the factory are incredibly friendly, and they obviously love what they do - who wouldn't? They cover everything that you need to know, and they don't leave anything out, but at no point does the tour become boring or too long. They answer any questions which any member of the group might have, making it a thoroughly interesting trip. Although the village of Beussent is quite small, the people who work at the factory speak English confidently, meaning that you don't miss a beat.

These brilliant tour guides finish off by describing how to make filled chocolates, and even carry out the process right in front of the group. This is before they pass around a few samples of their very own, handmade chocolates for everyone to try. Being able to try the chocolate really does make it seem like Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, minus the Oompa Loompas and the everlasting gobstoppers!

The chocolate itself is delicious. It is very smooth and creamy, and has its own distinctive taste. At the end of the tour, you exit through their shop, which is rather brilliant on their part, and rather sad for your bank balance. After tasting such chocolatey magic, it's impossible to resist picking up a few treats for the journey home.

The shop sells a variety of different types of chocolates, each as tasty as the next. You can go to town in the shop; it's very easy to get carried away and buy too much. Wait - scrap that - you can never have too much chocolate! They do sell bags of 'broken' or 'misshapen' chocolates, which are slightly cheaper than the rest due to being supposedly poorer quality, but they taste just as good.

If you're visiting the North of France, you absolutely have to stop by this remarkable little place. It's large enough that you can tell it's a professional outfit, but it's small enough that it still very much feels quaint and personal. After you've visited once, forget Charlie - you'll have a delicious experience of YOU and the chocolate factory!


Chocolaterie de Beussent-Lachelle

Country: France

Province/State: Nord-Pas-de-Calais

City: Beussent

Address: 75-81 Route de Desvres

Zip/Post Code: N/A

Location Tips: N/A

Phone: 03 21 86 17 62

Website:http://choco-france.com/e...

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