In the autumn of 2019, the colleagues of the Vice-Rector’s Office for Research and International Relations organised two chocolate tasting trips for the international students and the Hungarian mentor students. The venue was the Harrer Chocolate Factory, just like in the previous years. Mr András Somos led the first group on 19 October, while Mr Tamás Németh and Ms Barbara Lakatos were the accompanying coordinators in the case of the second group on 9 November. The students gained a unique experience: the report of Seda BAŞ (Stipendium Hungaricum doctoral student) is here to prove it.
“On October 19, 2019, we visited the Harrer Chocolate Factory on Faller Jenő Street, organized by the University of Sopron. First of all, I have to say that I have never been to a chocolate factory with a showroom and a chocolate workshop. Even the announcement of this event made me curious and excited.
We started our visit with about 25 people and Mr. András Somos. Harrer Chocolate team welcomed us at the door and took us to the tasting room. The event started with unique Harrer Chocolate balls placed in a glass of champagne. As we sipped our drinks, we started watching the video projected by the projector. The atmosphere was really nice. Thanks to the Harrer Chocolate team member, we learned once again the homeland of the chocolate we will taste, the process of processing and how it has become today. Yes, we could buy a chocolate anytime, anywhere, but the point is: what were we really eating? What was the raw material of chocolate? How was it produced?
After all this information we have done a few chocolate tasting with high cocoa rates. Then we started our favorite part .. Tasting part of chocolate .. Until that day, I did not think there could be so many kinds of chocolate. Because for me, chocolate was three kinds. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate .. Thanks to Harrer Chocolate even tasted lavender chocolate. This was really a very different experience for us.
Then we were served fruit dipped in chocolate sauce. Now that we've had enough of chocolate, we've tasted hot chocolate. We were literally full of chocolate that day.
All this took about an hour. Afterwards, we moved to Harrer Chocolate Store, where different chocolates were sold. Our friends who wanted to buy something for themselves and thus ended our visit.
First of all, I would like to thank the University of Sopron and the Harrer Chocolate Team for providing us with this opportunity. I would like to express my gratitude to you for consciously consuming every chocolate I have tasted after that day.”