Where does chocolate come from? Why do we like it so much? Join Museum educators for the hands-on activity of the day and explore the many secrets of this tantalizing treat!
Activities are scheduled most days from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 – 3:30 pm, and a typical stay is 5 – 20 minutes. View the daily schedule for activity times.
Current activities in rotation include:
From Bean to Bar How is chocolate made? See what it takes to turn a cocoa bean into a chocolate bar, and explore some of the tools you might use to make your own chocolate at home.
The Bitter Side of Chocolate Milk? Dark? White? How dark do you like your chocolate? Test your sensitivity to a selection of flavor molecules, including the bitter chemical in chocolate, and explore how our taste buds might affect our taste preferences.
When Bad Things Happen to Good Chocolate Why does good chocolate melt in your mouth, but not in your hand? Why does old chocolate turn chalky? Explore how the chemical structure of chocolate affects the quality of your chocolate experience.
Flowers for Chocolate Where does chocolate come from? Long before a chocolate bar makes it onto the grocery store shelf, a tiny fly had to find its way into the flowers of a cacao tree. Join us for flower dissections and explore the process of pollination and the challenges of growing chocolate.