C27 Visit to York Chocolate Story

As part of our expedition in Spanish this term, exploring the issue of child labour on cocoa and sugar plantations in Latin America and Fair Trade, C27 from XP and XP East visited York’s Chocolate Story. We learned about the origins of chocolate and how it is produced. Students were surprised to learn that chocolate has its origins in Mexico, and only came to Europe following the Spanish conquest of the Americas. The word that we use for chocolate comes directly from the Aztec word “chocolatl”, which was a cold, bitter drink mixed with chillies.Students tried this drink – not a popular choice with most! They also had the opportunity to try cocoa during various stages of the chocolate making process, and then made their own chocolate lolly.

Mrs. Collinson