History of Chocolate Program
Experience: (Duration: 3 hours with a Tour Guide)
Chocolate is practically a part of human DNA; records of its early use date back over three millennia to ancient Mesoamerican society. But though many love its rich flavor, few understand the breadth of its long history, let alone how it’s produced or how to distinguish between varieties.
Uncover the immense world of cacao alongside one of the leading chocolate scholars, producer of 92 Y’S Annual Chocolate Fest, and the media’s go-to person for all matters pertaining to chocolate’s history. With cocoa beans literally in hand, begin the day with an overview of chocolate’s origins and the bean-to-bar process. Your guide will cover all the basics, including cacao genetics, single origin and blended chocolates, and how fine chocolate compares to its mass produced counterpart. Once you’ve boosted your chocolate background, dive into the decadent goods themselves with a tasting session, where you’ll learn to sample like a pro and use the vocabulary of fine chocolatiers to describe the flavors. Leave with a deeper perspective of chocolate and a more than satiated palate. The tour will end at a chocolate shop to allow time for shopping.
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