Saturday morning came with anticipation high and excitement at fever pitch. An interesting observation was the unusually high efficiency of movement out of cabins and onto the bus this morning. For now was the moment that a great majority of the boys had been waiting for. Conversely, the staff knew that this element of the tour, although over in around 2 hours, can have longer lasting consequences. An average 12 year old boys self regulation and control at the Cadbury Chocolate Factory gift shop are tested to the limit.
On arrival, the warm smell of sweet chocolate filled the Dunedin Streets. This pleasant sensory experience only fuelled the hysteria building amongst the group. A few quick photos outside and it was into the factory for a film on the history of Cadbury and the chocolate manufacturing process. Unfortunately at this time all cameras were banned from entering the factory. If we had been allowed to, there would have been many photos from inside, showing the boys pure pleasure and intrigue at seeing Cadbury chocolate in all its glory.
Many free samples were delightfully received during the tour. Brown lips and cheeks were in abundance, tongues clicking and squirming in an attempt to savour every sweet morsel. The tour took us through every stage of the chocolate making process, from cocoa bean to packaging. It was an unbelievable tour that perhaps climaxed when 1 ton of molten chocolate dropped from the ceiling of a huge silo right in front of our eyes.
We finished with an opportunity to purchase many chocolate and gifts in the Cadbury gift shop. The boys did not hold back! Many family members awaiting the boys return can look forward to a chocolate gift or two. This is unless the rate of consumption continues in the same vein over the next few days. Self restraint will need to improve if some gifts are to make it back through Australian customs.