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Kids Level 1- History of Chocolate and Drinking Chocolate: An Interactive Experience of 5 Senses

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History of Chocolate and Drinking Chocolate

An Interactive Experience of 5 Senses  

$45 for 1.5 - 2 hours (Depending on class size)

This kids course is a great introduction to the basics of cacao, drinking chocolate, its history and the chocolate many have come to know today! But we believe chocolate is so much more than candy. Understanding its origins and history can open young minds to the possibilities of cacao and chocolate as well as many other ingredients, foods and treats they know of.

Class Structure & What’s included

Class begins with a guided Rainforest Visualization.  Kids get a chance to pass around and see actual cacao pods, beans and nibs to establish a real and physical relationship with the beginnings of where chocolate comes from!

Next, they learn about the history of chocolate beginning with the Mayans, Olmecs and Aztecs, and then the Europeans who developed their own, very different methods of chocolate making and consumption. Kids will get to taste-test the difference between the methods!

Finally, students will learn how to and make their very own hot chocolate using traditional Mesoamerican methods!

Each student will get a specialty hot chocolate package to take home to share their newfound knowledge with family and friends! Additional hot cocoa packets can be purchased at a discounted rate for those who attend the class.

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Our Cacao Beans are Different

We use an old technique called the Mayan method where the beans are less acidic and less bitter while maintaining a higher level of antioxidants. Taste the difference.

Opened Cacao Pod
Cacao beans being hand ground

Minimally Fermented >
Lower Acid >
More antioxidants

Our beans are specially fermented for less than 3 days. This creates less acidity. Research has shown that less days of fermentation means more flavanols are maintained in the chocolate.

Chocolate bar being eaten

Benefits of Cacao

Packed with fiber, flavanols, protein, calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, iron and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9 and E.

High in antioxidants – typical serving size of cacao has more antioxidants than blueberries, red wine, and green tea.

High levels of essential minerals like magnesium. Magnesium helps to promote brain chemistry, build strong bones, and help regulate heartbeat and blood pressure, sulfur, calcium.

Cacao inherently has no sugar inside.

Cutting the undergrowth of Cacao Trees

Organically Grown Using Sustainable Practices

Our beans are organically grown and more than fair-trade. We are continually working with our grower to protect the region and educate people in the area.

Dried cacao beans being prepared for winnowing.

Little Known Cacao Facts

An ancient superfood packed with antioxidants, fiber, calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and vitamins B1, B2, B5, B9 and E.

Contains zero sugar.

High fat, high protein.

Has zero caffeine. Contains its cousin called Theobromine.

A prebiotic that is rich in polyphenols.

Helps boost collagen production.

Cacao Beginner’s Guide