Chocolate on Display at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences

With the recession worrying us these days, it’s nice to treat oneself to a little piece of chocolate now and then.  Today, I really enjoyed some Cadbury chocolates that a friend and former co-worker here at Central Library brought us from her new home in England.

Undoubtedly there are also lots of folks who would enjoy not just eating chocolate but learning more about it too.  At least that’s the way the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh sees it, as they rolled out their latest exhibit a couple of weeks ago (on loan from the Field Museum of Chicago).

As their description of the exhibition states:

You’ll begin in the rainforest with the unique cacao tree whose seeds started it all.  Visit the ancient Maya civilization of Central America and discover what chocolate meant nearly 1,500 years ago.  Then travel forward in time and northward to the Aztec civilization of 16th-century Mexico, where cacao seeds were so valuable they were used as money.  Discover chocolate’s introduction into the upper classes of European society and its transformation into a mass-produced world commodity.

Sounds like a chocolate lover’s fantasy come true!  In addition, the exhibit will be accompanied by plenty of special events, including wine and chocolate tasting.  If you’re a big chocolate fan, you really must plan on a trip to Raleigh before the exhibition closes on September 7th.   

Greensboro Public Library has got some books on chocolate just waiting to be checked out, if you’re so inclined.  Try some of these:  Discover Chocolate:  The Ultimate Guide to Buying, Tasting, and Enjoying Fine Chocolates by Clay Gordon; Chicken Soup for the Chocolate Lover’s Soul: Indulging in Our Sweetest Moments, compiled by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Patricia Lorenz; Chocolate:  Riches from the Rainforest by Robert Burleigh (juvenile); The Chocolate Connoisseur:  For Everyone With a Passion for Chocolate by Chloé Doutre-Roussel; Death by Chocolate:  The Last Word on a Consuming Passion by Marcel Desaulniers; Heavenly Chocolate by Linda Collister; and Chocolate:  From Simple Cookies to Extravagant Showstoppers by Nick Malgieri.

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