Jun 16

Chocolate: The Exhibition, at MUZEO—A Sweet Experience

in Food History

“Chocolate is a divine, celestial drink, the sweat of the stars, the vital seed, divine nectar, the drink of the gods, panacea and universal medicine.” — Geronimo Piperni, quoted by Antonio Lavedan, surgeon in the Spanish army, 1796

Chocolate Exhibition at MUZEO in Anaheim, CA

Aaaah, chocolate! Only one of my all-time favorite things on the planet!  If you’re going to be in the Anaheim area anytime between now and September 11, 2011, get yourself over to MUZEO to see Chocolate: The Exhibition, a special exhibit on a national tour put together by The Field Museum, Chicago.  Mr. Fuji and I attended a special media day last week and fully enjoyed ourselves.  The exhibit explores the cacao tree and its rainforest environment, the beginnings of chocolate in ancient Maya and Aztec cultures, the story of how chocolate was introduced in Europe, and how it’s production has changed and grown over the years since.

History of Chocolate

Did you know that the scientific name of the cacao tree, Theobroma, means “food of the gods”?  Or that each pod from the cacao tree is about the size of a pineapple and holds thirty to fifty seeds—enough to make about seven milk chocolate or two dark chocolate bars?  These are only a few of the many things you can learn from the exhibit which includes a life-size replica of a cacao tree, as well as relics from chocolate’s ancient history up through present day.

Chocolate Tasting at MUZEO Chocolate Exhibition

The best part?  You can end your tour with a free chocolate tasting!  Try single origin chocolate (chocolate made from beans from one region) in 3 different percentages and see what makes your taste buds dance!  You can also take the chocolate challenge and taste a piece of 99% cacao chocolate, which I highly recommend doing.  Although it is not sweet, I found the flavor to be earthy and rich.

I plan on going back to the exhibit with my kids at some point before it leaves for its next destination and I hope you get the chance to visit it too!

Chocolate: The Exhibition at MUZEO

241 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805

MUZEO is also planning an array of summer events and special programs, such as guest speakers, cooking demonstrations, and performances. For more information see www.muzeo.org or call 714-956-8936

Hours: 10AM — 5PM daily
Admission is $13 for adults, $9 for children 12 and under. Children 3 and under are free. (Group discounts are also available.)

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} June 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Now that is an exhibition I can really sink my teeth into! Okay, I know, I’m bad. Seriously though, that looks awesome!


Paula - bell'alimento June 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm

What an incredible exhibition and a chocolate tasting to boot… swoon!


Karriann Graf June 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm

This looks like so much fun! Wish it was a permanent exposition in ALL cities!


Katrina June 16, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Very cool. Wish I could go!


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm

The Field Museum. Used to live in Chicago so that’s pretty cool seeing that on your blog.

And just read on Marla’s post about the get together you had…”fun day of cooking, styling and shooting pictures.”–ok I wanna come next time! Seriously what I wouldn’t give to hang out with you amazing women, shoot photos, talk shop, and have a blast together :) From San Diego, it’s a totally do-able drive :)


Kiran June 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Seriously want in on chocolates. It’s been a long time :)

On a separate note, congrats on you and fellow Peko Peko contributors efforts in raising awareness and charity to help Japan :)


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