The Silky Oak Chocolate Company is located at 1131 Links Road, Napier half way between Napier and Hastings in the heart of Hawke’s Bay Wine Country.
The Chocolate Thru The Ages Museum was opened in 2004 and charts chocolate’s rich history from pre-Aztec times to the present day.
Chocolate was originally taken as a drink with spices and only the elite of society could afford it. The cacao bean was so revered by the people of Central America that it became used as a currency and the basis for accounting systems.
It was only after chocolate was ‘discovered’ by the Europeans that sugar was added, and a whole industry developed from the cacao bean.
The museum has a range of chocolate pots and chocolate china pieces from Europe, The Far East and The Americas. There are in-depth histories on companies who pioneered the industry such as Hershey, Fry’s and Cadbury’s with accompanying memorabilia. There is also a wide range of chocolate boxes and collectables from New Zealand and the rest of the world.