How Chocolate Became the World's Most Craved Food

GENINT 731.432

Osher (50+). In this course, we delve into the history of chocolate from its origins as a drink, and look at how it became the world's most craved food.

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In this course, we delve into the history of chocolate from its origins in the Upper Amazon and Mesoamerica to its impact on the world today. What began as a drink then became a food in the 19th Century, when cocoa powder, the chocolate bar, and milk chocolate were developed. We will look at how chocolate became the world's most craved food and discuss its medical and sensual qualities. Along with history and science, we study how war, slave labor, and colonization got wrapped up into the economics of chocolate and cacao. Students will also have the opportunity to experience guided chocolate tasting in each class!

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