Active Minds: Chocolate

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History and Genealogy

The story of chocolate is a "rich" tale indeed. It involves aristocracy and slavery, innovation and coincidence. Pivotal roles were played by both Christopher Columbus and Hernando Cortez. We will describe how extremely bitter cacao beans are transformed into one of the world's most sough after flavors and tell chocolate stories such as the rise of the luxury chocolate industry in Switzerland and the origins of the Hershey company.