We read lots of books about chocolate and we listened to the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Each day we read about a different chocolatier and sampled some of their chocolate. We did some fraction math with the Hershey bars and the girls graphed using M&Ms (pictures in our weekly wrap-up).
|Chocolate to sample|
We talked about Brazil, rainforests, cacao trees, and the history of chocolate. The kids sampled rainforest foods, including pineapple, coconut, mango, sweet potato, limes, lemons, avocado, kiwi, and plantains. They had tried plantains raw before and didn't like them. This time I fried them and they ate the whole thing. They said it tasted like french fries.
|Rainforest books and products|
We ordered this kit that included ingredients to make your own chocolate.
|Molly showing us the kit|
|Colin mixing the chocolate|
The kit also included 2 cacao beans. They tried them, but quickly spit it out.
|Caleigh with the cacao beans|
Last month the girls got to go to a chocolate factory when we were in Maine, but Colin missed it because he was at hockey camp so we just had to go to another shop during our chocolate week. They were so nice there and showed the kids how they melt the chocolate, how they dip things in chocolate, and how they make fudge.
|Outside the candy shop|
|Showing them how they dip in the chocolate.|
|Caleigh is holding the huge chocolate bars they get for melting.|
|Molly and Caleigh in front of the candy making area.|
|Waiting for the fudge to cool. It's on the left side of the table. That's peanut butter on top of it.|
|Mixing the fudge|
Notebook pages: lapbook pieces from DNG and Homeschool Share. The orange is a piece of cardstock I had to add for an extension so we could fit it all on there.
The Cadbury Dairy Milk was Colin's favorite candy that they sampled so he put the wrapper in there. The girls both liked Lindt white chocolate truffles best. The picture of chocolates next to it is from the store where we did our field trip. On the bottom is his own candy bar creation. He had to write what he would put in it and name it. He named it The Whoo Hoo Bar. He even put a slogan on his wrapper: The candy bar that makes you go whoo hoo. Molly called hers the Whip Bar.
|With the extension open|
Caleigh didn't want to come up with her own candy idea, but she decided to make this cacao tree.
|Those are cacao pods covering the trunk becasue we learned they grow there too.|
To celebrate the end of our week, we had a little party and watched the movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We had Brazilian lemonade to drink. It was actually made with limes and the kids loved it. The whole pitcher was gone the same evening. We also had chocolate fondue with lots of yummy things to dip in it.
|Brazilian lemonade, chocolate fondue, strawberries, bananas, marshmallows, graham crackers, pretzels, apples, and pound cake.|