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Chocolate is a food made from cacao beans. Many
candies and desserts contain chocolate. People often
give chocolate as a gift on holidays such as
Valentine's Day and Halloween.
- Harder - Cacao
beans come from a large pod that grows on a tropical
tree. These beans are roasted, shelled, and ground
into a paste. The cacao paste is mixed with sugar and
cooked at a high temperature to make chocolate.
- People love chocolate. Each American eats almost
12 pounds of chocolate per year. There are many
different types of chocolate such as milk chocolate,
dark chocolate, and white chocolate.
- The Mayan people were some of the first to grow
large plantations of cacao as early as 600AD. Both the
Maya and Aztec people used cacao as a form of money.
Early explorers brought chocolate to Europe. It was
later brought to North America. During World War II,
soldiers got chocolate candy bars as part of their
- This is a links-site that connects you to lots of
- Hershey chocolate is very popular. The town where
it is made is called Hershey, Pennsylvania. In your
visit, don't miss taking the chocolate tour and
finding out how chocolate is made.
- Other Hershey's Sites:
- 2) Hershey's Kidztown http://www.kidztown.com/
- 3) Hershey Kitchen http://hersheyskit.live.l9.com/
- 3) Milton Hershey (Biography) http://www.hersheys.com/about/milton/
- 4) Milton S. Hershey and the Town Built on
- 5) Plant Tour http://www.hersheys.com/tour/index.html
- Dr. Nibbles is your tour guide. He walks you
through this timeline history of chocolate.
of Chocolate from the Chocolate Manufacturers
Association, National Confectioners Association
- Until 1492, the Old World knew nothing at all
about the delicious and stimulating flavor that was to
become the favorite of millions. Read this article
along with many others at CandyUSA.
- Other Articles at Same Site:
- 2) Candy Trivia http://www.candyusa.org/trivia.html
- 3) Chocolate Contains Antioxidants http://www.candyusa.org/antioxidant.html
- 4) Chocolate Does Not Raise Cholesterol http://www.candyusa.org/newsnutr.html
- 5) Chocolate Facts and Fallacies http://www.candyusa.org/fact_fal.html
- 6) Cany Myths http://www.candyusa.org/fatfactr.html
- 7) The Good News about Chocolate http://www.candyusa.org/goodnews.html
- 8) How America Craves Chocolate http://www.candyusa.org/lovechoc.html
- Using the websites, complete the
- Build a Chocolate Timeline.
Chocolate has been around for a long time.
Explore the History
of Chocolate website to learn about
the history of chocolate, then create a
timeline showing the important dates in
Chocolate history. How does chocolate
related to important world events?
- Create a Candy Game. Try a
chocolate game at Hershey's
Candy Bar Factory. Read the Candy
Trivia page and create a candy
- Find Chocolate Facts. Read
Facts and Fallacies. Besides those in
this article, there are many other myths
and misconceptions about chocolate. Choose
one of the following issues and create a
poster about the facts. Find out about
chocolate and acne, antioxidants,
caffeine, cravings, tooth decay,
nutrients, weight control, or cocoa
- Create a Quote. Read the
Chocolate Quotes. Choose a quote and
write a short story about it. Or, create
your own quote about chocolate.
- Do Some Chocolate Geography.
of Chocolate and Cacao
to learn about how beans become chocolate.
Draw a world map showing the locations
where chocolate is grown. Where is most
chocolate processed and consumed? Write a
story about a piece of chocolate. Track
the bean from the cacao tree to the dinner
- Create a Cross Section. Play
that Candybar game. Explore the candy
Section page. Can you identify the
parts of the candy bar? Draw your own
cross section. Submit it to the cross
- Become a Chocolate Tester.
Create an experiment to determine the
"best" chocolate. Are more expensive
chocolates better? What about particular
brands? Hold a chocolate tasting event.
Create charts and graphs to show your
- Diagram a Chocolate Factory.
Visit several of the commercial chocolate
sites like Hershey,
See if their website has a factory tour.
Go to the Virtual
Tour of Chocolate Land page for more
ideas. Then, draw a diagram that shows the
processing needed to make chocolate
products. As an alternate activity, you
might want to create a whimsical factory
for chocolate - - you might get some ideas
from the Wild
World of Wonka.
- Read a Chocolate Themed Book.
Read Charlie and the Chocolate
Factory, The Chocolate War,
The Chocolate Touch, or
Chocolate Fever. What's the role of
chocolate in the book? Write your own
- Learn about Chocolate in Math.
Maths in the Factory website to find
out how math is used in making chocolate.
Try or invent an M&M project.
- Invent a Chocolate Statue.
Check out the chocolate
car. If you could make something out
of chocolate, what would you choose?
- Create a Bulletin Board Chocolate
Tree. Create a chocolate tree using
candy wrappers. Compare the nutritional
information on the wrappers. Which have
the most and least calories? Why? Organize
the wrappers to reflect their nutritional
- Share a Chocolate Recipe.
Explore chocolate recipes online. Ask
your family about favorite chocolate
recipes. Share your favorite recipe with a
pen pal at another school. If you were
going to make chocolate for your entire
school, how much would you need? How would
you make it? Do the math and write a
- Read and Write a Candy Story.
Three Musketeers. Can you find all the
candy bars in the story? Write your own
candy story. Read about the Chocolate
Shortage. Write about what it would be
like if chocolate disappeared from the
- Complete a Chocolate WebQuest.
Explore one of the webquests below:
- 1) Chocolate, Chocolate http://www.ips.k12.in.us/webquest/35/la/green/WebQuest.htm
- 2) Mrs. Rubisch's Chocolate Site
- Websites By Kids For Kids
Cool School of Learning Adventures (1998
ThinkQuest Junior Project)
- This website focuses on the thematic topic of
chocolate to bring information, activities, ideas, and
fun learning that spans several subject areas.
+ Chocolate = Fun (1998 ThinkQuest Junior
- The site presents multiple intelligences to
teachers/students in a fun way using the topic of
chocolate. Learn interesting facts about chocolate and
take the candy bar survey.
Tamburello's Chocolate Unit
- This website was created as part of a chocolate
unit and contains information for children and
teachers. It also has children's chocolate
Chocolate (2000 ThinkQuest Internet
- This page about Swiss chocolate and chocolate in
general includes something about the history and a
Sweet Town (1999 ThinkQuest Internet
- This project tells the story of the town and the
farm 'Perugia' -- one of the most important factories
in the region. Learn about the tradition of Perugia
chocolate, traditional Perugian recipes, analyses of
the chocolate and the origins, preparation, and
- More Chocolate Sites
- Here you find a brief description of the tempering
process and information on proper storage of
With Chocolate from M & M's Bakery
- Here are recipes and baking tips from the Mars
- Related Site:
- 2) History (M & Ms) http://www.m-ms.com/factory/history/hist.html
- 3) M & M's Interaction Timeline http://www.m-ms.com/factory/
- This site contains three sections for students and
teachers on the topic of math, history, and the
Corner at the Shopping Place
- This site also tells about the history of
chocolate, has lots of chocolate facts, and explains
about the types of chocolate.
- Explore this history of chocolate.
Things You Didn't Know About Hershey, Mars and
- This site has interesting facts about chocolate
and the companies that make it.
- Tootsie Roll
- Learn about the history of this chocolate candy or
check out their kids' area for fun things to do!
Best Baking from Nestle
- The site has recipes, baking tips, news articles,
photos, and more.
- Other Chocolate Cooking Websites:
- 2) The Chocolate Room http://www.riversport.com/madcow/cooldown.htm
of Really Good Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Here you find the recipe for Nestle's Toll House
cookies along with a few recommended a few minor
modifications and refinements.
- Another Recipe Sites:
- 2) Recipes at Godiva http://www.godiva.com/godiva/recipes/default.asp
- 3) Chocoholics Paradise http://homepages.skylink.net/~skaarup/fudge.html
Science of Chocolate from Exploratorium
- This site examines the fascinating -- and often
misreported -- history of chocolate, follows the
chocolate-making process, and take visitors on a visit
to a chocolate factory. It also looks at the science
of chocolate and the latest research into the possible
health effects of its consumption.
- Wild World of
- This site that is full of fun and games with Willy
Wonka and the Oompa Loompas!
- Websites For Teachers
and the Chocolate Factory
- Explore this list of lessons, links, and
activities for this popular book.
- Related Website:
- 2) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Teacher
Chocolate Activities from Becky Settlemoir and
- This is a collection of activity ideas for
Plans for Chocolate
- This link-site connects to several lesson plans on
and Ice Cream Across the Curriculum
- This web project includes a discussion of the
theme and ideas for children and teachers.
- This plan contains lots of activities centered
around the book, The Chocolate Touch.
- Related Website:
- 2) Chocolate Touch http://vpsd6.vrml.k12.la.us:8000/~monah/ChocTo.htm
- This lesson focuses on the controversial book,
the Chocolate War by Robert Cormier.
Chocolate Lovers Only by A. Muñoz
- This unit on chocolate will introduce, inform, and
involve you in all there is to know about
- Related Websites:
- 2) Chocolate Unit (middle school ) http://www.greatbasin.net/~BDB/chocolate.html
- 3) The Teacher's Corner http://www.theteacherscorner.net/thematicunits/chocolate.htm
M & M Math
- This lesson teaches fractions and percentages in a
motivating and mouth-watering way using bags of
- Related Website:
- 2) M&M's Line Plots and Graphing by D. Lehar
(Grades 3-4) http://www.kings.k12.ca.us/math/lessons/mms.htm
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