York Castle Museum has gone through its confectionery collection for its latest exhibition and come up with these gems.
Curators have unearthed unusual sweet and chocolate collections, including rarely seen advertising and packaging for brands such as KitKat, After Eight, Yorkie and Terry’s Chocolate Orange, sweet making moulds and tools and even a tin of cocoa which went on Shackleton’s expedition to the Antarctic.
From the decadence of the Georgians to obscure delicacies of the Victorians right up to the sweets of the swinging Sixties, Chocolate: York’s Sweet Past shows the wonderful and sometimes odd ways different generations have satisfied their sweet tooth.
The tour starts in the museum’s Period Rooms where the Georgian, Victorian and the Jacobean rooms are filled with sweet delicacies of the day.
Visitors then head up to the Toy Gallery to find a spectacular whizzing and fizzing sweet making machine before following their nose to find out what’s cooking in our working Chocolate Factory where you can explore what it was like to work in York’s famous factories.
A new larger sweet shop has opened on Kirkgate, showing chocolates and sweets from Terry’s, Rowntrees and Craven’s.
The First World War exhibition 1914: When the World Changed Forever will look at how the Rowntree’s family were affected by war.
Then it’s to the swinging Sixties gallery which also has a new sweet shop displaying the fantastic advertising and packaging from the day.