Lauren Fins

Chocolate: Food of the Gods

Money doesn’t grow on trees, but chocolate does! Archeological evidence indicates that chocolate was consumed by early meso-Americans at least 3,000 years ago. Chocolate was prepared as a frothy drink spiced with chilies or vanilla, was used in cultural ceremonies and its seeds were traded as currency. Europeans added sugar to the drink and used chocolate as medicine, and aphrodisiac and a stimulant. Americans today consume an average of 12 pounds of chocolate per person per year. In this presentation, Dr. Fins will explore the natural and cultural history of chocolate, including the social and environmental costs of this “food of the gods”. OPTION: Chocolate tasting after the discussion enhances this experience. Please discuss this with Dr. Fins prior to booking and be prepared to reimburse her for the samples she supplies.