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The Science of Chocolate

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Did you know that every Valentine’s Day, over 58 million pounds of chocolate are purchased around the world including 36 million heart-shaped chocolate boxes!  Nine out of ten of us say we love chocolate, but have you ever wondered about the science behind this delicious treat?  What is its active ingredient?  What is the difference between chocolate, cocoa, and cacao?  Is it true that chocolate is poisonous for dogs?  Learn the answers to these questions and more, and try making your own chocolate-flavoured treat at home during this very tasty session.

Preparation: Two or more squares of semi-sweet chocolate, or about eight semi-sweet chocolate chips, a pack of chocolate chips, three to five things to mix in of your choice, eg. nuts, dried fruit, pretzels, popcorn, gummies, sour keys.  One of the following: Loaf pan or small glass baking pan or silicone ice cube tray. Additional fun options: sprinkles, white chocolate, crushed mints/candy canes.
Expert: Bonnie Douglas is a food engineer. While she has spent most of her working life working in an ice cream factory, she also spent some time working in a cookie factory.  She also made the world’s tallest ice cream cone!

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