Chocolate Laden Afternoon Tea at Cadbury World

What in the world could be better than afternoon tea? Afternoon tea featuring chocolate products from Cadbury World, that’s what. Last week I went to experience this absolute treat with the lovely Emily Jayne, and we were treated to an afternoon tea with a definite point of difference, the sites and tastes of the Cadbury World Experience.

Cadbury World is a real family experience, one which combines the history of the Cadbury family and Bournville, the village they founded, with the chance to see a real working factory producing the chocolate it is famous for, and the opportunity to taste it in it’s liquid stage. Cadbury World is, in its own words ‘a treat and a half’.

A few views of Cadbury World

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Afternoon tea at Cadbury World is enjoyed in the Pavilion, a cordoned off part of the main cafe/restaurant area.  You can take afternoon tea on Mondays to Fridays with tickets valid from 12.40 to 1.30pm with your afternoon tea to follow. The price for a combined tour and tea ticket is just £19.95 per person, which I think is tremendous value.  The attraction does tend to be quieter then, although you may find school parties there.

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The view from The Pavilion

The table was already laid out for our tea, and we could opt for a pot of tea or cafetiere of coffee, we chose one of each, and also had iced water as it was an inseasonably hot day (for October – unbelievable that Summer makes an appearance once Autumn has set in!). We were then presented with our afternoon tea, all beautifully arranged on a large, traditional cake stand.

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We started with the sandwiches. They were small, bite size pieces with crusts removed, and they were plentiful. The choices were traditional, ham and English mustard, salmon and cream cheese with cucumber, and cheese and pickle. All were tasty, generously filled and surprisingly filling, with the ham and mustard being the pick for me.

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An afternoon tea is not an afternoon tea without scones, and this was no exception. These were huge, and super soft and tasty. The pots of jam and cream were plentiful, and the cream was traditional clotted, which also ticked another box for me. The top tier also featured Macarons, Pistachio and Cappuccino. I tried the Cappucino which was absolutely delicious, with a lovely creamy filling – not too overpowering of coffee, but delicate and sweet.

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The final part of this afternoon tea, and the bit that makes it so special, was the petit fours section. This comprised of a Rocky Road, a chocolate brownie and a macaroon. These are made to special Cadbury recipes and contain that World Famous chocolate. It is hard to explain just how lovely the Rocky Road was – like a melted bar of Dairy Milk smothering mini marshmallows with  – unbelievable. The trip is worth taking just for this.

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You can find out more about the Cadbury World Afternoon tea by visiting their website here or by calling 0844 880 7667. Please note Afternoon Tea is not available during school holidays.

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*With thanks to Cadbury World and Rewired PR for the invitation to review afternoon tea.

 

A trip to Cadbury World

Cadbury World is undoubtedly one of the Midlands biggest tourist attractions, and one which each year seems to go from strength to strength. Truly an attraction that has something to interest all ages, this season there has been the added interest of the Cadbury World 4d chocolate adventure which was launched in June, as well as the welcome visit of  Zippy and George from Rainbow. Last Sunday, my family went along to enjoy a chocolate filled day at Cadbury World, and, as I sit here enjoying a Dairy Milk, I thought I would share our thoughts with you.

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Entry to Cadbury world is by time slot tickets, this means that queues are kept to a minimum, which is great if, like me, you have a child with zero patience. Booking ahead is essential, Sunday was completely sold out – there were no tickets available on the day, so I would definitely book in advance to avoid disappointment. At the entrance you are given two chocolate bars for each ticket, and then the journey through Cadbury World starts, with a brief history of cocoa beans and the journey they took from the New World to Europe. This is interesting from an adults viewpoint, but Joe did race through it. For older children this can be more interactive due to the scratchcard quiz which they can complete as they move around the displays.

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Next we traveled from the London of White’s, where people once gathered to drink chocolate and discuss politics,  to Birmingham of the 19th Century, and more specifically, Bull Street, the home of the first Cadbury chocolate shop. This is a waiting area for the ‘movie section’ of the tour, and is great for a quick photo opportunity. You then move into different rooms to view the history films. The films themselves are interesting with the first containing a hologram of George Cadbury introducing his  story. This then leads to a second film, the story of how chocolate is created. Joe loved this one as it had elements of 4d in it – the chairs shake as we are shown how the beans are sorted, the room gets hot, and then cold to show the chocolate making processes.

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From this point on, the tour around the actual factory and attractions is independent. You are given the opportunity to view some of the factory machinery (no photographs in this part), to taste little pots of gorgeous liquid chocolate and to find out about moulding, decoration and packaging. The areas were rather busy, but more bars of chocolate are given out on route, and you can take photographs as Freddo Frog, which is never something to be passed up! I loved the new chocolate making zone, where I added marshmallows and jelly babies to my warm chocolate. (Absolutely yum in case you are wondering…)

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Chocolate Demonstration.

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Aren’t these fabulous!

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#FreddoFrog

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Interactive activities are all around Cadbury World.

One of the main attractions for children at Cadbury World is the Cadabra. This is a lovely, gentle ride through a chocolate village inhabited by beans. Joe loved this, there was so much to see and he was a huge fan of the bean mobile! There are queues for this, but they are fast-moving, so if you have small children, I would definitely say join the queue.

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Loved the Cadabra Attraction.

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Your ticket to Cadbury World allows you to take in one of the very special shows. This Summer, Rainbow legends Zippy and George were starring in a very special holiday show. I have to say that this was very entertaining, once I got used to a presenter that wasn’t Geoffrey. Joe adored it, he got so excited in fact, he stormed the stage, The show lasts about 25 minutes and the room was full. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed it.

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I loved these when I was young!

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Joe storms the stage…

The final activity we took part in was the newly launched 4d cinema attraction the ‘Chocolate Adventure’. The first thing I have to say is be warned – on a day when the attraction is sold out, the queues are horrendous, with a waiting time well over 40 minutes. That said, the chocolate experience is fab. Forget 3d, this is the experience that dips you into a vat of chocolate and gives you the feeling of riding on a rollercoaster, without ever leaving your seat.  There are also interactive games where you can create your very own virtual bar of 3d chocolate. It is a brilliant addition to the whole experience, but boy those queues are long.

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With that, there was just time for a play on the African Adventure play area, and a photo opportunity with the Caramel Bunny and Freddo. We had all thoroughly enjoyed our day and would definitely recommend Cadbury World as a great, all-weather attraction.

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If you would like to visit Cadbury World this Summer, online booking is the best way to ensure the best priced tickets. Click here to visit the website.

*I received a complimentary family pass in return for an honest review, all views and opinions are my own. There is no truth in the rumour I was bribed with chocolate…

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Making our own Easter Eggs…a bit of a disaster

Some women deserve the term ‘Domestic Goddess.’ They swan around the kitchen in best Nigella mode, making the most mouthwatering creations from scratch, baking their own bread and cakes, seemingly able to rustle up a three course meal from a block of cheese and a bag of potatoes. Sad to say, I am not one of those women.

In fact, I couldn’t be further removed from the term ‘Domestic Goddess’, ‘Domestic embarrassment would be more apt. You see, I really hate cooking, I hate it with a passion. So whilst some lovely ladies litter their blogs with culinary delights, I clog up my Facebook feed with ‘OMG!’ moments from the kitchen. However, my five year old loves to bake, cook and generally mess about in the kitchen so I do sometimes have a go …with varied results.

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When I was approached by the lovely people at Waitrose to see if I would be interested in making my own Easter Eggs with Joe, my first response was to laugh out loud. Me. making my own Easter Eggs – were they joking? But, after having a think about it, I decided it would be a lovely activity for the first day of half term, and, as it only really involved melting chocolate – what could possibly go wrong? These were to prove famous last words.

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We were sent a truly amazing box of ingredients, both to make, and decorate the eggs. Everything from chocolate sprinkles (also perfect for ice cream), honeycomb and butterscotch pieces, mini marshmallows, pre-made icing, popping candy, the sweet treats were literally endless and totally mouthwatering. There was also a mixture of chocolate – Lindt dark chocolate, and dairy milk chocolate in the form of large buttons. Everything we needed to create the perfect Easter Eggs.

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We started quite well. We melted the chocolate and got the molds ready. We found old, clean paintbrushes as I don’t possess a pastry brush (what exactly is a pastry brush?) and got down to putting a thin layer of the melted chocolate in the mold. So far, so good (save except for a few stray bristles from the paintbrushes – but what’s a bristle or two between friends?) We allowed the first layer to harden, and then added a second layer. Again we allowed this to go hard. We were now all set to decorate…or so we thought.

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The problem came when we tried to get the eggs out of the molds. They wouldn’t come out. Joe suggested banging them on the table – I did, and that didn’t work either. I then tried to loosen them by squeezing the edge of the mold, and this, eventually, started to release the egg – in shell-like pieces unfortunately.

We eventually ended up with this.

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OH DEAR!

The amazing thing is that Joe was as happy as could be and set about adding all the honeycomb pieces, sprinkles and smarties to the mix, he stirred, tasted and proclaimed that he wanted to save some for his nan. And I guess that is the crux of this task, the sheer enjoyment factor. You can buy an Easter Egg anywhere for a pound, but the giggles and fun we had was both memorable and totally priceless.

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With thanks to Waitrose and Simone Stevens from Propellernet.