Added sauce for Kendal's mint cake
Famed for its mint cake Wilson's Chocolate Factory in Kendal now has a reputation for producing what could become its biggest assets.
Wilson's chocolate factory in Kendal is famous for one thing. Mint cake.
The sugary tablet made popular by outdoor lovers for its energy boost has been made by Wilson's since 1913.
Manager Andrew Wilson
But generations later, Andrew Wilson, the grandson of the factory's founder, is making a name for the chocolate manufacturer in other areas.
Millions of cheeky or 'risque' chocs are produced in the centre of Kendal and shipped all over the world to novelty retailers as far away as Japan and Australia.
Andrew Wilson says his father is proud of the investment and growth of the confectioners, but when he first pointed to the chocolate boobs on the production line, Andrew remembers his dad asking what they were. '' I told him they were chocolate door bells and he said 'oh right, that's nice ''.
Novelty chocs were the answer to relieving the factory of the quiet period during the winter as production for the Christmas market is over by late autumn. Now, the line of comedy chocs which includes cans of worms and squashed hedgehogs make up 90 per cent of the business.
From mint cake to novelty chocolates
But is working in a chocolate factory really a dream come true for Andrew? Yes, waiting for the delivery of a 20 tonne tank of chocolate, which is pumped through the factory in pipes reminiscent of those found in Willie Wonka's, is something Andrew says he never tires of.
last updated: 22/05/2008 at 14:04