Chocolate factory offers visitors a truly sweet experience

By Yang Feiyue ( China Daily ) Updated: 2016-09-06 08:03:53

He also found that while the Chinese were fond of chocolates, they did not know much about the traditions and history of chocolate.

"Few knew that chocolate was originally a drink, and some of my friends could not even tell the difference between cocoa and coffee beans," he says.

Even fewer could detect if a particular chocolate was made of cocoa butter or a substitute.

After more thought, he then settled on his project. And construction of the plant began in 2012 and was completed in two years.

For the plant, Mo introduced an advanced production line from Switzerland and the packaging equipment came from Germany.

Most key ingredients are imported, and the chocolates are made using a classic formula from Switzerland.

In addition to offering authentic chocolates with classic flavors, Mo has also introduced Chinese elements in some of his chocolates.

Longjing tea from the West Lake area in Hangzhou and rose petals from Yunnan province have found their way into his chocolates.

His products are mainly sold in Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces and in Shanghai, while sales are increasing in Beijing, the Inner Mongolia autonomous region and Sichuan's capital, Chengdu.

Last year, sales hit 150 million yuan ($22.6 million), more than double the previous year's total.

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