My favorite “vegetable”

Adri's Adventures

The other day I was surfing the great wide web. Normally my Google searches focus around shopping centers and the fast track to my Netflix account, but I decided to switch things up and do some light research on one of my favorite food groups: Chocolate.

According to the National Confectioners Association, “the cocoa “beans” that form the basis of chocolate are actually seeds from the fruit of the cacao tree, which primarily grows in tropical areas near the Equator. The seeds grow inside a pod-like fruit and are covered with a juicy white pulp.”

If chocolate stems from beans, I’m officially calling chocolate a special vegetable.

The site goes on to say that chocolate is made during the following process:

1) Cocoa farmers crack open the pods, scoop out the seeds, ferment them and dry them.

2) The beans are shipped to factories all over the world, where manufacturers inspect and clean them, then roast and grind them into a dense liquid called chocolate liquor. 3) More pressing, rolling, mixing with sugar and other ingredients, and heating and cooling finally yields this delicious treat.

Thankfully, we have the luxury of going to the store and buying the finished form. If you are unlike me and have a semblance of baking skill, then you might go above and beyond by making your own chocolate goodies (if so, bless your skilled hearts). I can hold my own when it comes to a box brownie mix, but anything after that, well, that’s what bakeries and grandmas are for.

If you have a hankering for sampling chocolate creations, check out the Kendall Young Library Festival of Chocolate.

The event is set for this Sunday, Jan. 28 from 2-4 p.m. Participants can enter one or more recipes in four categories of chocolate: Bars, cakes, candy, and cookies.

Try your hand a new cupcake recipe or favorite homemade brownies and bring enough to share!

This is a fantastic way to support The Friends of the Kendall Young Library, as the funds collected from this event help support fun future library activities.

Tickets for the Festival of Chocolate are available for $10 at the library checkout desk. Tickets will also be available for purchase the day of the event and at the door.

For more information, or to get an entry form, contact Ketta Lubberstedt-Arjes at Kendall Young Library at 832-9100.

If you need a fun family activity to do this weekend, have a baking adventure in your kitchen and bring the results to the Festival of Chocolate!