Holiday treat with a golden ticket

THERE are no Oompa Loompas at Mildura Chocolate Co, but there are plenty of pint-sized people helping to make and wrapchocolate bars this week.

Inside a chocolate factory: Mildura Chocolate and Co production manager Melissa Tucker with chocolate making assistants Sydney and Lucy, enjoying a tasty school holiday program. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Up to 20 youngsters a day will fill the business’ Tenth Street factory to learn the secrets behind the chocolate trade, as part of a school holiday program.

Yesterday’s group had a go at operating a chocolate-dispensing machine before moving on to some taste-testing.

Company production manager Melissa Tucker, an encyclopedia on chocolate trivia, described the journey from the cocoa tree to the confectionery aisle.

Each guest left with a showbag full of tasty treats, sure to keep them satisfied well into the evening.

Savannah, 11, took away more from the experience than just a few chocolate frogs.

“I think the most interesting part was learning that chocolate comes from a bean off the tree. I thought they made it out of ingredients like milk and flour,” she said.

Mrs Tucker said Savannah wasn’t the only one, with few adults and children aware of the process involved in making chocolate, let alone one that was happening on their front doorstep.

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