On a cold winter day in Istanbul, when we were scouting for a place to go with the kids, my sister-in-law, Betul, suggested we go to Pelit the chocolate factory. We called a cab and my husband and I, Betul and my nieces (Leyla and Ayla) headed towards Esenyurt where it’s located. It’s not the huge ‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’ type of place that might have come to your minds…it’s a chocolate factory that has a chocolate museum with everything chocolate! I must say, it’s a place that is very befitting Istanbul, with all it’s history and culture…
We were, as adults, extremely excited and tantalised by the addictive scent of chocolate everywhere…you can only imagine how my 6 year old niece felt!! She had a priceless smile on her face the whole day!
Friendly faces greeted us at the door and guided us to the chocolate fountain, where they offered us mini chocolate cups filled with the silkiest tastiest melted chocolate you can have.
There’s an entrance fee of 20 Turkish Lira’s per person, about 8 USD..and then it starts…
We all board the elevator and go up to the first floor. At this point, I’m thinking hmm…I wonder what the banquet hall on the 4th floor looks like..I wonder if people actually have events here..how fun!
This painting was made using chocolate
Here’s a little cottage like building structure made of chocolate…actually, I don’t think the tour guide actually said it’s made of chocolate. She said it was chocolate coated…and here’s Leyla overwhelmed by all the chocolate around her!! The tour guide broke a piece of this cottage and gave it to her to eat (the piece that Leyla was given to eat was indeed all chocolate) :)) A classic Happily ever after Hansel and Gretal :D
Clouds made of cotton candy…no kidding! Cotton Candy!!!
This building structure is made of chocolate…in fact it’s made with the couveture chocolate bars in that barrel you see in front of you. We were allowed to eat from the wrapped chocolates in the barrels but I missed out on that!! I was too busy photographing. As fun as it is to freeze moments on camera, I find that I miss out on all the good moments!
We entered the museum area through these doors, a classic chocolate covered ottoman door. And again, my beautiful niece with excitement shining on her face!
Right next to the door is this artwork made from white chocolate. The artwork displays the conquerer of Istanbul, Fatih Sultan Mehmet and it is a replica from an actual painting!! (This artwork was carved from white chocolate)
These historical structures are breath-taking. This room smells like you’re jumping into a tub of chocolate! Ah-maz-ing!! And the detail that they’ve put into these carvings are just unbelievable. They have an architect, a sculptor and a chef…they start of with a huge block of chocolate and carve until the last detail. We were told that it takes them about a year to finish one carving.
This is a carving of Sultan Ahmet mosque in Istanbul.
I have no idea what mosque this was but The Suleymaniye mosque…I just love the detail on it…
The following chocolate carved statues were in a separate room.
The one below is a statue of The Tortoise Trainer. It’s based on a painting by Osman Hamdi bey, crafted in 1906 and 1907. It depicts an elderly man in traditional Ottoman clothing. He holds a flute (ney) with which he is attempting to train the tortoises at his feet. This whole sculpture, including the tortoises, was carved out of dark chocolate.
We finished the museum part of our tour and were guided back to the elevators to go to Floor A, the children’s section. This section was a large room…on the right, there were random three dimensional works of art. In the beginning of the room, on the left, there were displays of cake models covered in fondant. There were also large windows. At this point, we were told that we were not allowed to photograph/video anything from the windows. At first, I wasn’t quite sure why but upon getting closer to the windows, I realised that they overlook the large kitchen/bakery. Lots of stations and pastry chefs working at each station. Each were responsible for something different. On one side you can see them frosting cakes, on the other side they were levelling cakes. There were chefs working on the final touches of a large, multi-tiered, beautiful wedding cake. On the far end the cookies and baked goods were going into the ovens. It was mesmerising! I had never seen anything like it and honestly, I didn’t want to leave! That was my playground!
This section displayed a few classical Turkish singers. Each time the spotlight shone on one of them, a classic song from their collections would play.
We were done with the tour and on our way to the cafe they have there. We were asked to take a look at the chandelier, which looked gorgeous, but we couldn’t really understand why we were asked to take a look at it…
…Until we were asked to go right under it…and this is what we saw! Allah written in the Arabic Language…it was absolutely beautiful!!
And the last bit was this rotary that displayed all the monumental places in Istanbul
Finishing our tour, we headed towards the cafe they have there to have some desserts and coffee…I don’t have photos of the desserts we had…by this time I was too photographed-out to take any more photos! But I can tell you this, our desserts were great!! ;)
If you’re interested in checking it out, you can find it using the map below:
Location map of Pelit Chocolate Factory/Museum