How Chocolate Conquered the World, Part 2: 1840 to the Present
Osher (50+). This course explores the history of the chocolate industry since the 1840s.
About this course:In the early 1800s, the chocolate industry had fallen on hard times, but by 1850, chocolate enjoyed a resurgence due to world economics, new markets, lower costs, advertising, technology, and the rise of large chocolate companies. This course follows the rise of chocolate as reflected in popular culture: musicals and movies, films, ballet, literature, and art. We discuss chocolate's new varieties, such as bonbons, Eskimo Pies, Three Musketeers, Hershey Bars and Kisses; and special rations made for the armies of the world. We also look at the rise of mass manufactured chocolate, especially milk chocolate; as well as the beginning of dark chocolate in the late 1980s, which includes the concepts terroir, i.e. effect of growing areas on the beans’ taste, and craft bean to bar chocolate. Issues of child labor, environmental impact, and a declining growth of good cacao are also discussed. Each class includes international and American craft chocolate tastings—by percentage, bean type, horizontal (multiple chocolate made in the same region in one years), and vertical (the evolution of one chocolate over the course of several years).
Spring 2020 Schedule
These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.
Plus members pay only $28 for this course. Visitors not permitted.