Eupen

Belgium



Address:
Industriestrasse 16,
Eupen
B - 4700
Phone: +32 (0) 87 59 29 67
Fax: +32 (0) 87 59 29 29
Website: www.bcb-divisionjacques.be

Musée Du Chocolat - Chocolaterie Jacques

Chocolate is a highly prevalent product, but very few people know where it comes from, what its history is, or how it is made. The Eupen-based Jacques chocolate factory intends to do something about this
gap with its fabulous and educational "Chocolate Kingdom".
Antoine Jacques founded the JACQUES chocolate factory in 1896. Its purpose was to make chocolate, confectionery and gingerbread. Several similar industries existed in Verviers thus providing specialised workers. The head office, rue des Fabriques in Verviers, employed 43 workers. Antoine Jacques had been previously associated with Jean-Joseph Hardy who was also a local chocolate maker. The chocolate bar was promoted by JACQUES and its patent applied for on 8th February 1936.
In 1920, together with his partner, William Zurstrassen, Antoine Jacques created the limited company CHOCOLATERIE JACQUES and transferred it to Eupen in 1922. Since then its first aim has ever been the continual improvement of the quality of its products and the regular development of new chocolate bars and tablets.
In 1982, JACQUES CHOCOLATERIE was taken over by the STOLLWERCK group. The steady grow of the sales leaded to a saturation of the previous production facilities and in 1986 the construction of a new factory had become imperative. Production started in the new production unit in July 1987.
The factory was extended by 50 % in 1994 and has now a total surface of 6,075 sq.m.
It is situated on a 31,400 sq.m. site enjoying a prime infrastructure in the Eupen Industrial Estate. The total of the realized investments amounts to more than EUR 25.000.000.
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Permanent Collection

In the Chocolate Museum, the full story of chocolate will unfold before your eyes through documentation on the cultivation of the cocoa bean, a video presentation, and collections of diverse objects such as old moulds,
packaging items, machines, early colour prints and adverts.

Visitors can use a footbridge suspended over the production hall to observe chocolate makers at work without disturbing them. Delicious Jacques chocolate sticks and bars are produced before the eyes of visitors young and old.

At the end of a visit, a room reserved specially for chocolate lovers called the "Chocolate House" affords everyone an opportunity to discover and purchase Jacques products as well as other articles like filled
chocolates, biscuits, marzipan, and various other confectionery specialities.
Simply irresistible!




Cost

Entrance : 2 € / person; 1 € / child (6-12 years); free of charge under 6.
By appointment : Groups and guided tours.


Opening hours

The Chocolate museum is open to the public from Monday to Friday from 9:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last entry at 4:30 p.m.).
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays
and Public Holidays.






Museum internal and external photos (5)

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