EXCURSIONS FOR SWEETS
Every mother probably remembers her baby’s contented face when he first tasted sweets. And we all consider it a pleasure to eat chocolate, a piece of marmalade or a cup of flavored cocoa. In search of a “sweet life” we invite you to visit the museums of sweets – their exposition will seem interesting to both adults and children. In our article you will find short stories about such museums in different countries – we hope this will help you draw up an excursion route for an already planned trip or even inspire new trips. The Pastila Museum in Kolomna Kolomna, one of the most ancient cities of the Moscow Region, invites you to visit the Pastila Museum. A friendly hostess awaits visitors in the outbuilding of a merchant’s estate. While treating guests with tea and treating with various varieties of pastille, she will tell how this ancient delicacy is prepared. Next door is a garden where fruit for pastille is grown, and a pastel factory where, according to recipes of the 19th century, this delicate sweet is made. During a theatrical excursion, you will observe how “apples turn into a cloud”, and then in a pastry shop you can buy pastille, sorbet, jam and other wonderful dishes made by Kolomenskoye pastilnik. Children are especially delighted during the excursion – not only from savoring the pastille, but also from the opportunity to participate in the painstaking process of preparing goodies, and children are trusted to use special devices and devices. Museum website, photo – http://www.kolomnapastila.ru/ Chocolate Museum in Moscow Chocolate and cocoa – the favorite delicacies of many people – were first made by the Indians. About what the product was prepared in Mesoamerica, how chocolate ended up in Europe and why doctors recommend it, they will tell at the Museum of the History of Chocolate and Cocoa in Moscow (BEAR). The guide will devote you to the secrets of the confectionery industry, while you will observe the process of making chocolates. But tell me – can a child not grab the newly released candy from the conveyor? It cannot – and it is not necessary: during the tour it is allowed to try products, and in the end each visitor will receive a sweet gift. When you visit the creative workshop, the children themselves will turn into confectioners: they can make sweets according to their own recipe from chocolate, nuts, wafer sheet. Museum website, photo: www.chokomuseum.ru Marmalade Museum in Sevastopol The only marmalade museum in Eastern Europe operates in the eco-park Lukomorye (Sevastopol). The tour is dedicated to the history of the manufacture of marmalade, Turkish delight and other sweets. Here you will see boxes of desserts, which were enjoyed in the century before last, fruit grinders, tea sets, which are several centuries old. After visiting the exposition, you will be treated to tea and healthy sweets made according to old recipes. Museum page, photo: http://www.lukomorie.net.ua/index.php/ru/2011-06-18-14-25-43/2011-06-18-16-40-40-36 Chocolate Museum in Cologne The Chocolate Museum in Cologne (Germany) was opened by the Imhoff-Stollwerk confectionery company, which has been famous for its products for almost two centuries. Its building is made in the form of a large ship. Only here, in a special greenhouse, you can see the plants used to make chocolate. The mini-factory is fully automated: the mixing of the mass, pouring it into molds, cooling and packaging is controlled by computers. Here they make all kinds of sweets, truffles, chocolate figures that the kids like so much. The chocolate made here is given as a gift to each visitor. The museum also has interesting exhibits related to the collection of cocoa beans and the manufacture of chocolate. While adults will listen to the guide’s story, the children will certainly go to the chocolate fountain to dip a piece of waffle in the sweet mass and then put this yummy food in their mouth. In the museum store you can buy sets of sweets and treats for yourself and as souvenirs.