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Travelling with Kids: Haribo Candy Museum

Before our last trip to France, I wracked my brain trying to find things that both 10-year-old girl and we adults would enjoy. We always fly into Lyon and when we’re not staying in my husband’s village, we usually travel between there and Montpellier. We planned on staying with some friends outside of Montpellier for a few days and I remembered that the Haribo Candy Museum wasn’t far from there. In fact, it sits just outside the charming medieval village of Uzès. Something for everyone!

This museum is fun for the family. The exhibition is colorful and entertaining with beautiful vintage posters throughout the museum. (I went a little crazy with taking pictures of all the Zan memorabilia, because it also happens to be my brother’s nickname!) Many of the posters feature Zan licorice sweets and here’s the reason why: Zan was a licorice company which was founded in 1862 the South of France, before Haribo was founded. In 1970, Zan merged with the peppermint extract company, Ricqles and was then known as Ricqles Zan. By the end of 1987, Haribo France had merged with this company to create what is now known as Haribo Ricqles Zan. Et voilà!

You’ll see a variety of Haribo shapes and flavors.

Haribo Various Bonbons

There is a room with an amazing mural of Haribo art. Loved it! There is much more of this mural but I don’t want spoil the visit by showing too much.

Haribo Bird Collage

The Haribo museum is fun but you’re not going to overwhelmed with games and interactive things to do. It’s colorful and interesting and one of the most fun things was at the end, where kids use their tokens to get the candy of their choice from the big machines!

And yes, there is a huge boutique at the end with tons of bulk candy, gifts, even Haribo clothing and accessories.

For those with a sweet tooth, you’ll have come to the right place.

Haribo Shop Candy Tray

I have to admit, I think the tray is pretty cute!

Don’t forget to take a picture with the Haribo boy!

Truth be told, I don’t have a big sweet tooth and we mainly went here for our daughter, who was 10 years old at the time. The Haribo Museum is quite close to the center of Uzès and when we walked into the square, it was enough to  knock off the socks of a 10-year-old kid! I’ll show you some photos from there soon…