The day after Christmas we took the kids on a tour of the Krasnyi Oktyabr chocolate factory. The factory used to be located on the banks of the Moscow River; they moved out of town a few years ago as part of a move to reduce pollution in the city.
It was equal parts weird and fun. They started out by showing us a couple of the most bizarre videos ever, one in English - but unintelligible and narrated in part by a talking 3-D cat - and the other in Russian, featuring Christopher Columbus attacking natives in the Americas, bringing their chocolate to Europe and eventually rising into the clouds with a halo over his head. Ummm, okay. Sometimes, even when I understand the Russian, I still have no idea what the heck is going on, and this video was a perfect example of that particular phenomenon.
But the actual factory part of the tour was pretty cool. We walked the floors watching them make the chocolates, then wrap and box them for shipping. We got to sample all different kinds of chocolate - we all agreed that "belochka" (little squirrel) was the best, and the fruit-centered ones were, well, not the best. At the end of the tour we returned our lab coats, hair nets and shoe covers in exchange for boxes of hand-dipped chocolates.
|Mad Scientist Ainsley, all sugared up.|