“Chocolate Factory” we both read the sign at the same time and looked at each other. Eyebrows raised, eyes alight and a nod of agreement and off we trotted in the direction of Mayan Monkey Mijas Chocolate Factory - MMM, the smallest chocolate factory in the world and within our reach in the delightful town of Mijas just inland from the Costa del Sol, Andalucia.
The queue of people waiting to enter and others leaving the shop doorway with delicious looking choccy ice creams told us we’d found the spot and we weren't the only ones. What interested us more than the ice-creams were the home-made chocolate bars on display and the option of making your own.
Another almost imperceptible nod and we found ourselves donning hair protective caps and heading towards taps running with chocolate. Chocolate on tap!
In our element we patiently listened to the history of chocolate, eager to get our fingers under the stream of chocolate. Ice creams came and were waved under the stream of plain and milk running chocolate and off they went into the stop and into eager hands.
Out came molds and tough decisions were made whether to make milk or plain chocolate bars which of course necessitated a fingers-under-the-tap-tasting session and how they should be decorated.
Constantly running chocolate, chocolate on tap what a joy – I asked hubby if we could have our own (he is a plumber!). First we drizzled some milk chocolate over the base of the mold then filled it with plain chocolate, vibrating it to settle it and get rid of any air bubbles and then popped it into the fridge for the longest 20 minutes of my holiday.
And the results were mouth-wateringly divine, melt-in-the-mouth, home-made best ever chocolate bars. Sadly it didn’t last long.