Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate! (and bugs)

It turns out that the teens who are interested in my programs are quite brave. First they had to brave the elements (Ice storm? What ice storm?) just to get to the library last night. Once they arrived I amused them with chocolate related games and trivia, offered chocolate/Valentine’s Day related crafts, offered them tasty chocolate treats, then presented them with a disgusting dare. I challenged them to try a chocolate covered bug. I was even prepared to offer a bribe, *ahem,* reward, I mean. The brave soul who ate the bug would get a $10 gift card to Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream Shop. Thank you Mitchell’s for your generous contribution to my shenanigans! Anyway, to my surprise I had four volunteers! That’s right, 4 teens ate bugs at the library last night. How often do you get to say that?!? The four of them crunched away on chocolate covered crickets and larvae. The overwhelming favorite was the crickets. The larvae, I was told, “tastes like crap.” I for one, am not surprised.

This program was pretty easy to plan and a lot of fun to present. Here is what we did:

1. I started the evening with a “craft”. We dipped pretzel rods in chocolate and rolled them in sprinkles. We set the aside to dry. Later the treats were sent home in cute Valentine’s Day baggies. We also brainstormed all the different types of candy bars that are out there. This list would come in handy later in the evening.

 

2. Musical Chairs came next. I read about how chocolate is made and every time I said the word chocolate they had to find a seat. Sorry, no pictures, I was too busy reading.

3. Next we played BINGO, or in this case CANDY. Paul found BINGO boards online and customized them for CANDY. Plain M&Ms were used as markers. Those markers were hard to resist and some people ran out of markers before the game was over!

4. If they paid attention during musical chairs then the trivia was a piece if cake!

5. Finally, the taste-testing began! I used my crock pots to melt milk chocolate and white chocolate. We had strawberries, bananas, raisins, pineapple, popcorn, potatoe chips, pretzels, and vanilla wafers available for dipping.

6. While they snacked they also had the chance to guess how many M&Ms were in three different bags. Yup, I counted a bag of plain, a bag of peanut, and a bag of both for this contest. We also made Valentine’s Day buttons. I love our button maker!

280 Plain M&Ms

165 Plain and Peanut M&Ms

The winner of this one guess the exact number!

I don’t have a picture of the 80 Peanut M&Ms, but you get the idea!

7. CHALLENGE TIME! Yup, the bugs.

The first three brave souls and their crispy chocolatey “treats.” ICK.

8. We ended the night by testing their candy bar IQ. We read off the descriptions of candy bars and they had to guess what they were. The Crunch bar, Twix, and Kit Kat were pretty easy, but the list we made earlier came handy for the Whatchamacallit and the Take 5. Everyone was stumped by Oh!Henry.

Everyone went home with goodie bag of miniature chocolate bars. This was one sweet program and I will definitely do it again. A big thanks to everyone who participated and Paul for all his help getting ready for this program. And thanks again to Mitchell’s for the gift card!

Check out some of these sweet reads:

  • Hershey : Milton S. Hershey’s extraordinary life of wealth, empire, and utopian dreams  by  Michael D’Antonio
  • Chocolate : a bittersweet saga of dark and light by Mort Rosenblum
  • Candyfreak : a journey through the chocolate underbelly of America by Steve Almond.
  • The Candy Darlings by Christine Walde
  • Candy : the sweet history by Beth Kimmerle

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

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