We have just visited the Choco-story museum in Bruges
which explains the history of chocolate.
I think this is an excellent museum. At first the displays look a little outdated but you soon realise that the text is simply written, informative and there are lots of objects to play with. The museum also has special panels for children set at a lower height which follows the story of a chocolate bean. At the end of the museum there is the chance to watch a chocolate making demonstration.
My favourite bit however was the little Playmobil montages dotted around the museum that tell the story of chocolate.
Harvesting the cocoa bean.
The Aztecs use the cocoa to honour the gods as well as drinking a spiced, unsweetened cocoa drink.
Cortes arrives in Mexico in 1519 and has his first taste of cocoa.
Cortes brings chocolate to Spain in 1528.
Chocolate being enjoyed in the French court.
Milk chocolate is created in 1875 by Swiss man Daniel Peter.
The chocolate makers workshop in 1800 which involved hard work to grind the cocoa beans with a grinding stone.