Raw materials

Cocoa – The “brown gold” of the gods


Good news for chocoholics! It has long been scientifically proven that chocolate makes you happy. The reason for this lies in some of the elements that are in cocoa, the main ingredient in its production. The brown beans have been cherished since 1500 BC when The Mayans and Aztecs considered cocoa as the ‘food of the gods’ and for a long time, its consumption was reserved only for kings and the noble. Cocoa originated in South America and is mainly cultivated in South and Central America, Africa and South East Asia today. It is harvested by hand by cutting the ripe cocoa pods from the trunks of the cocoa trees with knives. During the fermentation process that takes five to ten days, the cocoa beans – the seeds that grow inside the pods – develop their dark color and trademark aroma. The beans are then dried before they can be further processed into chocolate.

Incidentally, with an average annual consumption of 9,3 kg per person, Germany is the 3rd highest chocolate-consumin country, beaten by Switzerland and Austria.

Chocothek -

our transparent factory

Delicious chocolate, artful decorations, an endless choice of chocolate figures and the opportunity to peek over the shoulders of our master chocolatiers – all of this is possible at Confiserie Riegelein’s Chocothek factory.

Opening hours

High Season
(March + April, November + December)
Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Summer Season
(Januray + February, May till October)
Monday to Wednesday + Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday closed
The Chocothek will be closed as off December 24th. till January, 10th!!


Contact us here:

Hans Riegelein & Sohn GmbH & Co.KG
Tiembacher Str. 11-13
D-90556 Cadolzburg
Tel. +49 9103 505 100 (headquarter)
Tel. +49 9103 505 171 (Chocothek)

Fax +49 9103 505 130

    We look forward to your visit