one thing i have to say about cadbury is that they know how to run a tour ... a woman in a purple oompa-loomap-esque jumpsuit led us around the factory, her pockets laden with mini cadbury bars. sometime she would pose a question to the group, such as, "where does cadbury get their milk from?" the answer is right here in new zealand, and if you answer correctly, you get a piece of chocolate. and if you answer incorrectly, you also get a piece of chocolate. and sometimes you get a piece of chocolate just for climbing several flights of stairs or holding the door for someone. brilliant. i love the reward system. i am way more prone to actively participate if chocolate is involved.
this actually would've been very helpful on a 4x4 excursion we took in tahiti. our tour guide would stop for easily 15-20 minutes at a time and ramble on about various tahitian things, asking us questions that we didn't know the answers to and then waiting an uncomfortably long time before finally telling us the answer. this process could've been made much more pleasant if there had been miniature cadbury bars involved.
the highlight of our tour was when we watched the chocolate "waterfall" inside a large chocolate silo (the silo housed chocolate and was not actually made of chocolate) ... the waterfall rapidly dumped one ton of chocolate in a rather spectacular cascade. the tour guide told us that one ton of chocolate is worth about $5,000 NZ ... when asked what purpose this waterfall served in the chocolate making process, our tour guide said, "none ... it's just really cool." ahhh, new zealand.