Learn about chocolate with Kew Gardens
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Delicious chocolate is the star of the show at Kew Gardens this Easter. Get your hands on a cacao pod in Maya magic hands-on sessions, or for something messier try our chocolate making workshops. Discover what chocolate-themed activities you can enjoy over Easter weekend and learn more about the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao), the plant behind the delicious treat.
Chocolate making workshops
Chocolatey fun for our younger visitors - learn all about its origins and make something delicious to take home
Learn all about the origins of chocolate, its ingredients and the plants used to flavour it such as sugar cane, chilli and vanilla. Discover what the ancient Maya used to make a special chocolate drink and taste it yourself. The little ones can get hands on by decorating chocolate to take home. Arrive early to ensure your place as space is limited!
How does the cacao tree grow?
Join Joseph from the Great Plant Hunt as he finds out how the cacao tree grows... with a little help from animals and insects.
The source of chocolate
Where exactly does chocolate come from?
The seeds of the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, are the source of chocolate.
The edible properties of these seeds were discovered by many ancient cultures, including the ancient Maya who lived deep in the tropical rainforests.
Find out more about the cacao tree and how the seeds are transformed into delicious chocolate bars.
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