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The Sweet Lure of Chocolate
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The Sweet Lure of Chocolate

Mmmmm, chocolate. It's been a currency, an aphrodisiac, and a bitter, spicy drink. It's also the tasty treat we know and love.

The process of moving from bean to bar is one steeped in history, culture, and science. Explore the complex flavors and cutting-edge research of chocolate.

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Crystal Fudge

Crystal Fudge

Here's a science project you can eat! Learn how the crystallization process affects the way fudge is made. More...

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education.com
The Sweet Science of Chocolate

The Sweet Science of Chocolate

When you bite into a piece of chocolate, you probably don't think of all the chemistry behind it. Then there's the engineering used to make it. Investigate the rich science. More...

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KQED
Chocolate Quirks: Unusual Chocolate Products

Chocolate Quirks: Unusual Chocolate Products

People do the darnedest things... Check out these photos full of quirky chocolate-based treats. More...

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HowStuffWorks
Scientists Sequence the Chocolate Genome

Scientists Sequence the Chocolate Genome

We've finally done it: mapped the gene for cacao trees! What will that knowledge bring us? Super chocolate? Well, maybe... But it will help ensure we never run out of chocolate. More...

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Popular Science
How It’s Made: Assorted Chocolates

How It’s Made: Assorted Chocolates

You've probably tried different types of chocolate — some with marshmallows, others with cherries — but have you ever considered how this edible art is made? More...

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Discovery
Check Your Choc-o-holic IQ

Check Your Choc-o-holic IQ

How much do you know about this ancient and delicious treat? Check your chocolate smarts with this WebMD quiz. More...

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WebMD
House of Chocolates

House of Chocolates

Do you like puzzles AND chocolate? Then this is the game for you. Match the sweet treats to gain points! More...

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freeonlinegames.com
The Polymorphs of Chocolate

The Polymorphs of Chocolate

When cocoa butter is cooled, the fats in it start to crystallize. The molecules can stack in one of 6 forms. Find out which of these "polymorphs" makes the most desirable chocolate. More...

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Compound Interest
Five “Sweet” Facts About the Chemistry of Chocolate

Five “Sweet” Facts About the Chemistry of Chocolate

Why — in moderation — is chocolate good for your mind, body, and soul? Watch this video to find out. More...

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BBC
Your Complete Guide to Chocolate Flavors

Your Complete Guide to Chocolate Flavors

There are four varieties of cacao, all with different flavor profiles depending upon where they're grown. From "grassy" to "nutty," investigate them all. More...

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