Places & Spaces Whilst Away

the chocolate museum – cologne pt 2

January 14, 2013

Hello everyone. Another monday, another week.

This is part 2 of the chocolate museum in cologne and actually quite fitting because today, some of my fellow bloggers are in cologne to visit the imm. It’s already been buzzing on twitter and no doubt they’ll all have an incredible time at both the fair and the bloggers meet ups and lunches. I’ll be following on twitter and Instagram. Have fun people! Unfortunately i cannot be there…

Right, back to chocolates. Today we’re talking cult objects! As promised, here are brands most of you are familiar with. What turns an item into a cult object?

“One of the characteristics of cult objects is that they generate a sense of identity and are seen by many as typifying a certain time or period. Special memories or sentiments may be associated with certain objects. These have an unusual design and a certain independence from current fashions. In many cases, it is the cult objects themselves that set and define trends.”

Ah, the gold bunny. He is universal. Don’t you just love him? Lindt began producing chocolate bunnies in 1950. The first such product was called the ‘snow bunny’. He already wore a small metal bell around its neck. Two years later, the snow bunny was replaced by the gold bunny. Today, the lindt gold bunny has grown into a cult product. It is sold in various sizes, ranging from 50 grams to 1,000 grams (1 kilo). The production of a gold bunny takes about 45 minutes.

Still today, the 1 kilo bunnies are wrapped by hand, a process that requires a good deal of manual dexterity.





A seat for visitors in the museum.

lindt chair

It’s nice to see this happy ‘gold bunny’ family:)


I love these and would happily display them at home!


I reckon this could be an emergency stack. Framed and hung but in case of real withdrawal symptoms, have hammer ready:)


I loved this. Translated it says: For our children only the best will do, not just any old chocolate, but the real ‘lindt’.


You guys know lindor truffles, right?



A massive lindor truffle floating close to the ceiling!


Lindt & sprüngli, since 1845, is recognised as a leader in the market of premium quality chocolate. They offer their large selection of products in more than 100 countries around the world. Rodolphe lindt is credited with inventing the first truly melting chocolate.


Ah, now here i really went down memory lane. I really loved seeing the changes in packaging of both kinder schokolade and ritter sport. Both brands featured highly when i was a kid and living in germany.

I think I actually remember this 1967 design and the subsequent 1976 one.




This was the story of ritter sport. If you look closely at the top one (couldn’t get a close up) it’s from 1932. The chocolate brand ritter’s sport schokolade produced as the square tablet known today was launched in 1932 after clara ritter suggested creating a chocolate bar that would fit into every sport jacket pocket without breaking.


Here i depicted some of the earlier designs. They are also very popular in the uk and can be found in most newsagents and some supermarkets!





No self-respecting chocolate museum would miss out some of the uk’s biggest chocolate brands and exports!

The Twix chocolate bar the chocolate bar was called raider in several european countries until the 1990s. Twix was first produced in the uk in 1967, and introduced in the united stated in 1979.



After eight thin mints (after eights) are a confectionery product described as “mint enrobed in dark chocolate” (although a milk chocolate version became available in 2006) that are intended, as its name suggests, to be used as after-dinner mints. They were created in 1962 by rowntree. Since the 1988 acquisition of the uk-based company, the mints have been produced by nestlé.


Kit kat was created by rowntree and is now produced worldwide by nestlé, except in the united states where it is made under licence by the hershey company. Each bar consists of fingers composed of three layers of wafer, covered in an outer layer of chocolate. Each finger can be snapped from the bar separately. Bars typically have 2 or 4 fingers. Single fingered larger kit kat chunky bars are also popular.


And finally mars (also mars bar) is a chocolate bar manufactured by mars, incorporated. It was first manufactured in the uk in 1932 as a sweeter version of the US milky way bar which mars, Inc. produced (not to be confused with the european version of milky way, which is similar to the US 3 musketeers). It was advertised to the trade as being made with cadbury’s chocolate as ‘couverture’.

In the united stated, a different confection bears the mars bar name. Featuring nougat, soft caramel, and almonds coated in milk chocolate, the american mars bar was relaunched in 2010 after being discontinued in 2002.


Right, i will leave you now with some pics from the tea room and chocolate shop. I hope you enjoyed this little tour and please don’t blame me for running off to get some chocolate after reading this. I only intended to inspire:)






I hope you all have a wonderful week. Snow is predicted all over the uk today so wrap up. I will see you back here on thursday.

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  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey January 14, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    A very nice round up Tina. Really enjoyed this. I love the Kinder branding though don’t really remember it as a kid. I am a Lindt fan too. Cadbury was the big chocolate brand when I was growing up and probably the one I identify with most.

    Thanks for sharing… the best pics are the tea room & choc shop. Yum! xx

    • Reply Alison Sye January 15, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      Some tearoom! Those florentines look great. Unfortunately I can remember that 1976 face, for sure. Haven’t had Ritter Sport for about 20 years I reckon. I’m going to buy some. What have you started, Tina?

      • Reply tina January 17, 2013 at 3:37 pm

        You sure??? I am sure I can remember it too:-)

        Ritter Sport does the trick sometimes. I LOVE their mini selections. Each flavour has only 4 little sqaures… delightful!
        Haha. Don’t shoot me:-)

    • Reply tina January 17, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Thank you Sir Gerard!

      Although feeling nostalgic about ALL the brands, I’m happy I now have a more sophisticated taste, which makes it healthier:)

  • Reply sue January 14, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    oh i’m blaming you alright! lucky it’s too cold to be bothered to traipse around the corner to the shop… or is it? mmmmh

    • Reply tina January 17, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Hope you enjoyed the Maltesers:-)

  • Reply Anya Jensen January 14, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    CHOC tastic Tina, made me want a Lindt Bunny. We have ‘snow’ alert here too – predicted to last 12 hours – interesting to see how many people come to work tomorrow :o)
    Have a great eve,

    • Reply tina January 17, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      It’s nearly time for Lindt Bunnys. When you come to London I shall await you with one:-)

  • Reply Chi@106 January 14, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the “household name” chocolate brands. Being totally hopeless at wrapping regular shaped items, I’m in awe of the skill required to wrap a Lindt bunny!

    So … what brand/flavour did you treat yourself to today? 😉 x

    • Reply tina January 17, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      You are so funny!!! Really like a choc virgin!

      Chocolates are a treat for me. Usually it’s Pierre Marcolini from Paris:-)) Told ya I’m a choc snob!!xx

  • Reply Catherine Bedson January 15, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Tina! You are killing me…especially with that shot of the cakes in the cafe towards the end..I’m inspired! I once bought my Mother a Lindt bunny for Easter and she said told me it was the best chocolate she’s ever eaten.

    I love Lindt chocolate and sometimes go to the Lindt Cafe and have their decadent hot chocolate if I want to spoil myself. I was introduced to Ritter Sport chocolate by a German friend and adore it..get very excited when I see a display with lots of different flavours. Huge respect also to kit kat, mars and all the UK brands.

    Enjoyed our chocolate tour, thanks for taking us on it. xx

    • Reply tina January 17, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Wow! I don’t usually have Lindt chocs but am sure they are very popular, especially the bunnies. They are considered fine chocolatiers…

      Yum! Decadent Hot Chocolate… there is a Ritter Sport chocolate museum in Berlin.. fancy meeting up there?
      Thank you Catherine. It’s been a pleasure xx

  • Reply WeHeartHome January 15, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I just love the 1976 Kinder packaging! This is such a fun post :)My mouth is watering at the third and fourth to last images! Especially the Kaffee Sahne mit Moccabohnen – look at those black and white swirls… So beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing!


    • Reply tina January 17, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      ALl the chocs were behind glass cabinets and they were dirty!!! It was quite hard to photograph.

      I know you like your chocolates. One of your presents when we meet up xx

  • Reply Doris Lee January 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Hi Tina, I just loved seeing all the old favorites. The images of the chocolate shop look awesome! Another great post! xD

    • Reply tina January 17, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you Doris… glad you enjoyed the tour. Thank you for coming on it x

  • Reply parisbreakfast January 15, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    LOVE this post!!
    I did a series of Goldhase watercolors once for Easter and Lindt found me and bought them…
    They have chocolate espionage going on I think…

    • Reply tina January 17, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Seriously??? C’est manifique!!! How wonderful…. LOVE when that sort of thing happens. Did you keep a photocopy or scan?

  • Reply geraldine January 17, 2013 at 12:09 am

    As I grew up in Malaysia, we didn’t have those brands. The only one I remembered was Kit Kat and it used to come wrapped with an internal white paper rather than the foil. Chocolates were also difficult to enjoy as they melted so quickly, so often are eaten after refridgeration – not quite the same texture to enjoy! I like how you’ve shown the packaging evolving through time and the hairstyles too. Thanks for the wonderful tour. xx

    • Reply tina January 17, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      Wow! Of course, you grew up in Malaysia.. do you have chocolate brands that became cult products?
      Yes, agreed, chocolates kept in the fridge is not quite the same!

      Glad you enjoyed the tour. xx

  • Reply alison January 17, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Love the packaging of all the varieties, especially the Simon Col. I have a sugar high just reading through all of your coverage!

    • Reply tina January 17, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Ah, but a sugar high just from reading is a healthy one!!!! I like to please;-)

      Thank you for stopping by Alison!

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