An exhibition totally related to chocolate? Complete with tastings and demonstrations? And it’s at the Museum of Natural History so I can actually call it “EDUCATION”? Seriously…you had me at “chocolate”!
If you have not had the chance to visit the Museum of Natural History on the University of Utah campus to see this amazing exhibit (it’s been running since February), you have just a few weeks to get there. I checked it out this past weekend and I was in heaven!
This exhibit promises to ”engage your senses and reveal aspects of this sumptuous sweet that you’ve never thought about before.” And, boy, do they deliver. They take you through many cultures and processes, including the rainforests and the ancient Mayans and Aztecs, and explain how chocolate plays a major part in the survival of their people.
You get to see how the cacao plant is grown, harvested, shipped and processed. And I was amazed to learn that Utah is the home of the oldest known chocolate. Did you know that? I had no idea.
Don’t forget to purchase your tasting vouchers! They are only $1 and you get to sample some truly superior chocolates. They also have “Chocolate Blasts.” These are 15-minute lectures from local experts. Really, really interesting. Utah’s love affair with chocolate is definitely alive and well.
This was an amazing visit to the beautiful new Museum of Natural History. You can’t beat the scenery and it’s always fun to learn…especially when there is chocolate involved!
What other foods would you like to see in an exhibit? I’m thinking…crème brulee? Is that too specific? Post a comment below, or let our friends at the National History Museum of Utah know directly via Twitter – @NHMU.
Click here to get all the info on this exhibit.