Sweet treats served up at York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum has unveiled a new exhibition featuring famous confectionery brands such as Kit Kat, After Eight, Yorkie and Terry’s Chocolate Orange.

Called Chocolate: York’s Sweet Past, the exhibition has a new sweet shop on Kirkgate, a “fizzing and whizzing” sweet-making machine in the Toy Gallery and displays of historic chocolate and sweets, such as a tin of cocoa from Shackleton’s voyage to the Arctic.

Katie Brown, assistant curator of history at the museum, said: “The collection includes adverts from as far back as the 1800s and original packaging from worldwide favourites such as Kit Kat and Terry’s Chocolate Orange as well as long forgotten former favourites.

“These will all help tell the fascinating story of York’s history as an iconic chocolate and sweet making city.”

The tour starts in the museum’s Period Rooms where the Georgian, Victorian and the Jacobean rooms will be filled with sweet delicacies of the day.

Visitors can head to the Toy Gallery to find the sweet machine, then the Chocolate Factory where there will be tasting sessions and expert workshops on selected dates.

• York Museums Trust is in the early stages of planning a major redevelopment for York Castle Museum.

Plans include a new link between the two former prison buildings which house the museum, as well as a second entrance and access improvements.

York Museums Trust estimates the project would cost between £14 and £18 million, and could be finished in 2026.

Pictured is museum staff member Lucy Knock at the new Victorian sweet shop on Kirkgate. Courtesy David Harrison.

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