HP and the chocolate factory

Freia chocolate factory

Do you recognise the familiar yellow chocolate bar? It is Freia Melkesjokolade, produced by Norway’s leading chocolate manufacturer, Freia. The chocolate is marketed as “Et lite stykke Norge” (a little piece of Norway), which is why Norwegians often buy this particular brand to give to their foreign friends.

Freia chocolate factory

Yesterday, I was at the Freia factory for an open house event. I felt a little like Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as I got to taste different kinds of milk chocolate that Freia produces (with figs, nuts, etc.) and learned a little about the history of the company and the chocolate-making process. There were no chocolate river or Oompah Loompahs, but there was Norway’s largest chocolate house!

Norway's largest chocolate house
Norway's largest chocolate house

The level of detail is really quite amazing! Just look at the windows, roof, and railings:

Details of Norway's largest chocolate house
Details of Norway's largest chocolate house

Outside the factory is a little sculpture park created for the enjoyment of everyone who visited the factory. Since it gets dark very early in Norway these days, coloured lights were set up to illuminate the area.

Freiaparken
Nike of Samothrace at Freiaparken

I particularly liked this copy of Nike of Samothrace, the goddess of victory. There are many like this in museums throughout the world, so there is no doubt that I will see it again in better lighting!

XOXO HONG PHUC

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