Saturday, August 06, 2011

One World, Many Stories : The Chocolate Story

"Candy doesn't have to have a point. That's why it's candy." ~ Charlie Bucket

Did you know that chocolate grows on trees?! In a matter of speaking it does. The beans of the cacao plant, mostly found in Central America, are ground up (then a few extra ingredients are added) to make chocolate. Central American natives drank the ground cacao powder in a drink sometimes with a dash of pepper, but never any sweetner. It was considered a luxury!

Read Chocolate (Kids)
A Chocolate Bar by Sarah Ridley
Chocolate by Hershey: A Story About Milton S. Hershey by Betty Burford
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The Last Chocolate Cookie by Jamie Rix
Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith
The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch

Read Chocolate (Adults)
Chocolate Wars by Deborah Cadbury
My Cooking Class : Chocolate Basics by Orathay Guillaumont
Lickin' the Beaters 2 : Vegan Chocolate & Candy by Siue Moffat

Surf Chocolate
Smithsonian Magazine
The Field Museum

Participate in Chocolate : Workshop for Kids
If you are entering grade 4-6 in the fall, join us on August 11th to learn how to make chocolate lollipops while you gain a little chocolate business savvy. Kim Larkin, of CT-based gourmet chocolate company Klassic Kreations, leads the workshop.  Click here to register for this free event.

Visit Chocolate
Here are but a few chocolate-makers located in our state:
Munson's Chocolates in Bolton, CT
The Little Chocolate Company in Greenwich, CT
Fascia's Chocolates in Waterbury, CT
Bridgewater Chocolate in Brookfield, CT