Join us on a journey through the chocolate history of York and Terry's archival treasures whilst we re-imagine the long lost Chocolate Apple.
This is a collaborative event between the Mansion House, York Cocoa House and Borthwick Institute for Archives, where you can both explore and taste history and let it inspire you to make the next great chocolate product!
Terry's Chocolate Orange has been a Christmas tradition for many years, found in every child's stocking at the festive season, however few realise that the Chocolate Orange was pre-dated by the Terry's Chocolate Apple.
Archivists at the Borthwick Institute for Archives have discovered these original recipes that we will explore and understand in the wider entertaining and chocolate industry context.
Join us at the Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor and a beautiful example of Georgian architechture, to learn more about the secrets of a chocolate delicacy, the chocolate makers that created it and the society it was born into. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the Mansion House, discover the Borthwick Institute for Archives latest research, try how a Chocolate Apple might have tasted and then be inspired to invent and make their own chocolate bar of interesting flavours with York Cocoa House.
The exhibition is free to attend and enjoy, an additional fee of £3.50 is applicable for the chocolate bar making activity. At busy periods there may be a need to restrict access to the kitchens for chocolate making activities.
is one of the biggest repositories for archives outside of London. The Borthwick also holds the archives of Rowntree’s and Terry’s, the famous York confectionery companies and contains impressive collections of advertising material relating to well-known products such as Rowntree’s KitKat (including the blue wrapper used for the plain chocolate version produced during the Second World War) and lesser-known products such as Terry’s Chocolate Apple, produced between 1926 and 1954, the precursor to the more successful Chocolate Orange.
The Mansion House was built in 1725 to enable the Lord Mayor to appropriately entertain the visiting gentry, politicians, businessmen and royalty. The Lord Mayor's dining table has welcomed distinguished guests ever since with exotic ingredients and luxurious delicacies that exemplified the growing demand for desserts and confections and established York's reputation as the Chocolate City.
As York's confectionery industry grew so too did the power and influence of the business leaders, as a man of great standing Joseph Terry took on the role of Lord Mayor 4 times, while many of the Rowntree family became Lord Mayor and Sheriff of York. The Mansion House has played a pivotol role in York's trade, diplomacy and civic responsibility as well as fashionable entertainment and hospitality.
During the workshop you will have an opportunity to take a tour of the Mansion House before joining York Cocoa House's chocolate and confectionery expert Sophie Jewett in the kitchen to get hard to work creating your own chocolate bar. You will then beautifully package your creations to take home and show off, share or maybe just enjoy!
Special Dietary Requirements:
Please note that we will be working with ingredients that contain dairy and soya, and they may contain traces of nuts and gluten.
If you have any special dietary requirements please contact us on 01904 675787 to discuss.
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