I told her she would have the wonderful privilege of diving into all things chocolate and leading her willing, anxious (and, very possibly, salivating) family along the sticky, sweet path along with her. She was to put together a unit study on chocolate. I wanted to know the history of chocolate, the science of chocolate, the geography of chocolate. I wanted to see her reading chocolate literature and writing essays about chocolate. She has happily taken up the challenge. First, we scoured the library shelves checking out books with titles like Chocolate: A Sweet History and The Official M & M’s History of Chocolate. She has taken notes and made fabulously delicious discoveries and some not-so-appetizing ones as well. Did you know the first chocolate consumed, was in a drink that was thick and bitter?
As part of her research, she insisted we had to have a taste test. Yesterday, I took her along on my weekly shopping trip and together we picked out 10 different types of chocolate. As long as we were going to sample chocolate all evening, I figured we might as well make it a chocolate themed night. So, we also picked up some mole, a Mexican sauce made of unsweetened chocolate, and the old Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie.