Chocolate lovers, science geeks and the types of folks who love Alton Brown should perk up their ears at this: The Science Museum of Western Virginia is going to host a program this Saturday about the science of chocolate.
“While most people associate chocolate with candy bars and extra calories, they don’t know that the tasty treat also offers health benefits. It also has unique properties that target pleasure centers in the human brain,” wrote museum spokesperson Ann Shepherd.
The program will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum’s temporary location on the second floor of Tanglewood Mall. Maybe you can get a little shopping done while you’re out.
Guests will learn about where chocolate comes from, why we humans love it so much, and the history of chocolate. Experts will demonstrate how food science has changed the product since it was first discovered more than 2,000 years ago in Central and South America. You’ll get to taste samples, including organic chocolate nibs.
The program, which is part of the museum’s Second Saturday Science series, is included in the price of admission to the museum ($6 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-12, and $5 for senior citizens).