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A real life Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory is opening in Switzerland

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If you ever wanted to visit Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory as a kid, you might just be getting your wish.

Currently in construction in Flawil, Switzerland, is a huge chocolate-themed adventure world. During an interactive tour, visitors will be able to experience live how chocolate is made, be able to live the dream of being a chocolate tester and be able to make some delicious chocolate treats of their own. After all that, you can entertain yourself in the cinema or in the café.

Courses and events will be available for groups.

The plan is for the “Chocolarium” to be open seven days a week and offer an answer to the question: why does chocolate make people happy?

The loving relationship between chocolate and the Swiss started in 1819, when François-Louis Cailler opened one of the first mechanised chocolate production facilities, in Corsier. Doing this established the oldest brand of Swiss chocolate that we, nearly 200 years later, can still get our grubby fingers on!

From Cailler came other entrepreneurs and visionaries. Daniel Peter combined chocolate with milk in 1875. Roldophe Lindt – a name I’m sure we’re all familiar with – developed “conching”, which created the world’s first “melting chocolate”.

With all that history, it would make sense that it was Switzerland that finally decided to make this chocolate dream a reality.

So maybe we won’t ever see a chocolate river or all day meal of bubble-gum, but in Flawil, we might just get a little closer to living the chocolate-y dream.

The Chocolarium will have its grand opening on April 1st. For more information, check out their website.

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