Tourists marvel at it, but Chicagoans just smile. In the north Loop at certain times of the day, if the wind is blowing just right, the air is filled with the delicious, delightful aroma of chocolate. It's not magic, it's simply Blommer Chocolate Company's production line briefly brightening everyone's mood.
Whether you consider it a daily necessity, an indulgence, or your drug of choice, chocolate is a marvel. You love it. But to fully appreciate it you should understand its amazing chemical properties. Here is your rare chance to learn more about your beloved sweet treat.
How is chocolate actually made?
What's the real distinction between dark and milk chocolate? And what's up with "white" chocolate?
Why does it sometimes turn a grayish color?
What's the role of emulsifiers and incompatible fats?
What are the findings of all those health studies done on chocolate?
2011 is the International Year of Chemistry (as if you didn't already know that). To celebrate, Illinois Science Council is offering programs about chemistry of stuff we care about (and perhaps keep stashed in a desk drawer). This unique workshop on the Chemistry of Chocolate will be led by Dr. Shelby Hatch, chemistry faculty at Northwestern University, along with the Melissa Tisoncik, R&D Specialist with Blommer Chocolate Company.
No science prerequisites necessary but you must be 21 or older. Sign up now -- space is very limited! Other programs with dates TBD include beer, cosmetics & shampoo, honey and coffee. Visit IllinoisScience.org for more details.
Blommer Chocolate is a fully integrated chocolate and cocoa manufacturer serving customers around the world. A family tradition, the company was founded in 1939 in Chicago, Illinois by Henry Blommer, Sr., along with his brothers Al and Bernard. Today, with four generations of chocolate makers behind it, Blommer is still family-run and has grown to become one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in North America. Their success is a direct result of dedication to the Blommer brothers’ founding principles – quality, consistency and concern for the customer.
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Illinois Science Council
Illinois Science Council ("ISC") is an independent 501c3 organization that engages, educates, and entertains the adult public about science, technology, engineering and math in our everyday lives. We showcase the scientists and research of those Chicago-area institutions and companies that make Chicago our nation's true "City of Science." ISC serves as the science & tech complement to the region's arts & culture offerings.
We are inspired and motivated by this Carl Sagan quote: “The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous." Sagan also observed, "We live in a society that is exquisitely dependent upon science and technology in which hardly anyone understands anything about science and technology." ISC is certainly working to change that.
ISC explores all areas of science and technology and we do it with a fun, non-stuffy approach. We don't care what's been forgotten since school (or never learned in the first place). It's simply about continuing to exercise our inexhaustible human sense of curiosity. We create engaging programs open to the public (aimed at adults and accessible to teens) such as hands on chemistry (Chemistry of... Beer, Chocolate, Coffee, Honey, etc), panel discussions on science subjects in the news (Your Brain on Happiness, on Creativity, on Addiction, on Exercise, etc.), author talks, film screenings ("The Atom Smashers"), and more.
Visit: IllinoisScience.org for more info or to get involved.