Fun with Chocolate

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The Library’s 4th Saturday program for kids 8 and up in January was chocolate themed!  This cold day hosted a program that was wonderfully messy, loud, and a whole lot of fun. The kids ate three flavors of chocolate fondue (they voted the dark chocolate their favorite), played games with Oreos and Hershey’s kisses, and made handmade truffles to take home to a special person (or their own stomach).

If you missed it, but would like to make your own truffles, Ghiradelli chocolate has a very easy recipe on their website: Milk Chocolate Truffles.

A more local and very interesting chocolate company is Taza, located in Somerville. For information about their stone-ground, Mexican style organic dark chocolate and factory tours, visit www.tazachocolate.com.

The kids also tried to guess candy bars from a picture of a cross section.  Dozens of these are found at www.scandybars.tumblr.com if you would like to test your chocolate IQ.  One hint: the earliest entries are the most familiar. Other fun trivia questions are at www.chocolatesource.com/trivia where I learned the first chocolate introduced to the United States was in none other than Dorchester, Massachusetts, circa 1765.

Next month’s Saturday program for the older children will be an exciting workshop with magician Debbie O’Carroll on February 23rd. Learn how to make and perform some astounding magic tricks with illusions, sleight-of-hand effects, and card tricks. Registration is required starting Monday, February 4th.


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