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Chemistry of Chocolate

August 17, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Chocolate mix - Blommer

Tourists marvel at it, but Chicagoans just smile. On certain days in the North Loop, when the wind blows just right, the air fills with the delicious, delightful aroma of chocolate. It’s not magic, it’s simply the Blommer Chocolate Company production line brightening everyone’s mood.

Whether you consider it a daily necessity, an indulgence or your drug of choice, chocolate is a marvel. You may love it, but to fully appreciate it you should understand its amazing chemical properties. Illinois Science Council provides a rare chance to learn more about your beloved sweet treat.

– How is chocolate actually made?

– What’s the real distinction between dark and milk chocolate?  And what’s up with “white” chocolate?

– Why does it sometimes turn a grayish color?

– What’s the role of emulsifiers and incompatible fats?

– What are the findings of all those health studies done on chocolate?

Illinois Science Council partners with Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to offer one of our most popular programs about the chemistry of things we care about, and perhaps keep stashed in a desk drawer. This unique workshop on the Chemistry of Chocolate is led by Dr. Shelby Hatch (Chemistry Dept. at Northwestern University) and Melissa Tisoncik (Senior R&D Specialist at Blommer Chocolate Company). You’ll do hands-on experiments with chocolate-y goodness, and there will be tasting opportunities plus a choco-licious trivia quiz with prizes! Even if you flunked high school chemistry, you will still love our “class.” Sign up now — space is very limited. No science prerequisites necessary, but you must be 21 or older.

Tickets are $40, which includes admission to Nature on Tap, an adults-only evening monthly event at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum! Get tickets HERE.

Enjoy all the Nature Museum has to o­ffer — including exhibits that feature our Great Lakes region and, of course, the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven. Compete in trivia, meet live animals, and grab a bite to eat from a featured local restaurant. Craft beers and local wine available for purchase.


August 17, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Illinois Science Council


Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Drive
Chicago, IL 60614 United States
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(773) 755-5100