Top five calorie-free ways to enjoy chocolate this Easter

at the York Chocolate Festival 3-6 April 2015

Looking for a virtuous way to enjoy chocolate this Easter? With the York Chocolate Festival coming up next week, here are some calorie-free ways to enjoy the sweet stuff in the UK’s home of chocolate:

  • Smell it! The smell of chocolate emanating from the Nestlé chocolate factory is well known in York, but now you can track the fragrant cloud of sweetness daily on Twitter @YorkChocAroma, with maps highlighting likely coverage based on wind speed and direction.

  • Walk it! Join the Choccie & Sweetie Tour by York Walk on Friday 3 and Sunday 5 April, exploring the locations in York best known for their links to the likes of the Rowntree, Craven and Terry families. Leaves at 10.30am from Museum Gardens Gates.

  • Bathe with it! Handmade on site, the Yorkshire Soap Company on Blake Street makes chocolate-scented soap bars (£3.00) and chocolate scented soap cupcakes (£5.00) to leave you smelling good enough to eat!

  • Watch it! In 2013, Pilot Theatre created a unique theatrical experience telling the story of the Quakers and World War I; Blood & Chocolate was performed as a promenade performance around the city streets, and received rave reviews. Now available on YouTube (, you can watch the performance on your phone or tablet device in the places it was performed, thanks to free city-wide wifi!

  • Apply it! Or rather, have a therapist apply it! York-based massage therapist, Ana Guerrero, offers an indulgent full body dark chocolate massage for £80 (60 minutes) or an ultra-indulgent four-hand massage for £120. For details, please visit

The fourth annual York Chocolate Festival takes place at a host of chocolate-themed venues around the city from 3 – 6 April 2015. Full details about the York Chocolate Festival 2015 programme, including how to book individual events, are available online at


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