Visiting The World of Chocolate

JT is a big fan of chocolate. He loves it. So, when we were in Orlando in May I made plans to visit The World of Chocolate Museum & Cafe. We arrived just in time because there was a tour starting in less than 5 minutes. We received our golden tickets and had just enough time to take a picture before the tour began.

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The tour started off in the cool looking rainforest room (that I did not get a picture of). Our tour guide started us off with a video and then came back in to tell us more about the history of chocolate. She also passed out samples of a spicy chocolate drink that they created as their version of how chocolate was originally drunk.

After that we moved on and learned about the role of Monks and European royalty in the history of chocolate.

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These are chocolate sets, not tea sets.

These are chocolate sets, not tea sets.

From there we moved on to the chocolate sculptures. The sculptures are from different landmarks around the world. The boys picked their favorites to take a picture with. I also took pictures of some that I really liked. I think my 2 favorites are the castle and the windmill.

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Next there were some chocolate sculptures that were like paintings as well as chocolate busts.

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The next area was the area before the chocolate tasting. Here we got to see some chocolate machinery.

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Finally it was time for chocolate tasting. This room was set up with tables along the wall. Each table had a few different chocolates and they went from darkest to sweetest. You don’t have to try all the chocolates but, just like wine tasting, you can’t backtrack from a sweeter chocolate to a darker chocolate. We also had to learn how to taste the chocolate before we could start.

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Connor's favorite was the one in the middle.

Connor’s favorite was the one in the middle.

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After the chocolate tasting there was one more room before the tour was over. This room had molded chocolates as well as a chocolate wrapper collection. We also received a sample of hot chocolate.

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Once we were done with the tour we decided to buy some chocolates from the cafe. There are so many pretty ones and they all taste good too. Here’s what we bought:

I don't remember exactly what all of them are but starting from the top left there is regular chocolate, mint, spicy Azteca I think, lavendar, key lime, some type of raspberry, banana, coconut, and I believe the last one is raspberry crunch.

I don’t remember exactly what all of them are but starting from the top left there is regular chocolate, mint, spicy Azteca I think, lavendar, key lime, some type of raspberry, banana, coconut, and I believe the last one is raspberry crunch.

We really had a lot of fun on this tour and learned a lot about the history of chocolate. If you have a chocolate lover in your family this is a great place to go. It’s located on International Drive very close to Sea World, which is pretty much right in between Universal and Disney World, so it’s a great place to visit if you’re taking a day break from going to any of the parks.

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Showcase of Citrus

I’ve been wanting to add in places the boys have already been but I have yet to do it. So, I’ve decided that I’ll add one a week on Fridays and we can call it Flashback Friday. I am however posting the first one today… on a Monday… but look for the rest on Fridays.

We are flashing back to December 2011 and starting off with Showcase of Citrus in Clermont, Florida. Showcase of Citrus is an orange grove. You can pick your own fruit or buy from their store and they also offer eco tours.

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I had made reservations ahead of time for the tour so when we got there we looked around the store a bit. Besides the fruit they also have jams, salsa, honey, and other items available including gator jerky.

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After that we went outside to wait for the tour to start. The tour takes place on a school bus turned monster truck.

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The eco tour starts at the grove and takes you through swamp area and then on to feed oranges to the cows before returning.

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I took a picture of this squirrel because the guide said something about it but I don't remember what it was.  Endangered perhaps...? Fox Squirrel??

I took a picture of this squirrel because the guide said something about it but I don’t remember what it was. Endangered perhaps…? Fox Squirrel??

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The eco tour was a lot of fun and the boys really enjoyed tossing the oranges out to the cows. I’ve tried finding something similar this in other places since we enjoyed it so much but I haven’t been able to find anything.

Once the tour was over we went back to the store to grab a bag and pick some citrus. Since we were there in December there were plenty varieties to choose from.

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There were a bunch of chicken running around.

There were a bunch of chicken running around.

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Another chicken

Another chicken

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So that is Showcase of Citrus. It was a lot of fun. We enjoyed the eco tour as well as picking fruit and I would absolutely recommend visiting.