Chocolate: The Exhibition

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Most of us eat a hell of a lot of chocolate, but few of us know much about the stuff — from its complicated New World roots to its evolution from beverage to luxury food to the more-than-meets-the-eye nature of the cacao percentage, it’s right up there with wine, beer, and cheese in terms of complexity and awesomeness.

Thus, Chocolate: The Exhibition at the Minnesota History Center. The new exhibit kicked off this Saturday with a whirl of activity including live music, cocoa mug painting, and copious samples offered up by the likes of Abdallah Chocolates, Patisserie 46, BT McElrath, and Patisserie Margo.

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Colin Gasko (of Rogue Chocolatier, below left) spoke for 45 minutes about the process of growing, sourcing, and making chocolate, going from a broad strokes picture of the process down into granular details such as cacao genetics, cocoa bean drying tunnels, and the subtleties of conching.

Chocolate: The Exhibition runs through Jan. 2, 2011 and, naturally, features a delicious gift shop component with chocolates made by a number of Minnesota makers.

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  1. Amy P.

    Awesome chocolate samples at this exhibition’s opening – so many that my daughter actually declined to eat any more chocolates by the end. Yum!

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