Last Updated on December 24, 2012 by Jody Halsted
Like chocolate? Then you'll want to head down to Union Station in Kansas City because the Chocolate Exhibition has been extended thru January 17!
The national tour of Chocolate the Exhibition was developed by the Field Museum and is nearing the end of it's national tour.
The exhibit takes you from chocolate's humble beginnings as a very large pod filled with seeds. Learning about the cocoa seeds was incredibly informative. From bugs to birds, plants to people, everything has to be “just right” for the large pods to grow.
There were many interactive displays that helped us to keep the girls interested, though I did notice that we had the only children in the exhibit. I did think that was a shame- what kid doesn't like chocolate? And the process from seed to bar is just amazing.
The girls- and even myself- were fascinated by the value chocolate had as money. It was so valuable that most couldn't afford to drink it. Think of it like drinking your money. It was used to buy every day items like eggs, tomatoes, peppers and avocados. It wasn't sold in markets and was kept locked away.
Even when chocolate came to Europe it was only enjoyed by the upper classes for many years. Special cups and pots were used for it. In fact, the saucer was invented to keep chocolate from dripping onto clothes.
Mass production of chocolate is a recent event- and the addition of milk (ie: milk chocolate) made it affordable to everyone.
The large “box of chocolates” wall with televisions was a great ending to the exhibit. The girls sat on “chocolate cup” chairs and listened to scientists and “regular people” talk about the “happiness effect” chocolate has and how it is dangerous for dogs.
Of course you can't end a chocolate tour without a taste of what you've learned about… The samples are available as long as they last. Yum!
Disclosure: We were provided tickets to this exhibit. Thoughts and photos are my own.