It is almost time for one of my favorite events of the year. No----not the Super Bowl. This weekend, the Morton Arboretum hosts its third annual Chocolate Expo. For the past two years, the Chocolate Expo has provided a bright spot for us during a normally dreary and cold winter. (Of course, this year has been much different weather wise, but I am loving it!)
The Chocolate Expo features chocolatiers from all around Chicagoland. There will be chocolate wonderments and samples galore. Some of the chocolatiers include Le Chocolat du Bouchard (see my review), Katherine Anne Confections (who specializes in organic, cornsyrup-free delights), and Defloured Bakery (featuring gluten free chocolate pastries). All diets are off at the Expo, since temptation will abound. In fact, my daughter can never make it out of the Expo without a chocolate mustache and beard to match!
In addition to the vendors, the Expo will have demonstrations throughout the day including a tempering demonstration and a discussion of the health benefits of chocolate. The Arboretum Shop will also be selling special chocolate themed products. In the past I have been able to find all sorts of chocolate confections, candles, lip balms, and novelties at the shop.
Morton Arboretum's love affair with chocolate doesn't end with the Chocolate Expo. The Arboretum will be hosting a "Chocolate Celebration" throughout the month of February. Events include Chocolate Sushi, Kid's Chocolate Pizza Party, Kid's Chocolate Crepe Workshop, and a Chocolate and Beer Pairing. Please check the schedule for events, times, registration information, and costs.
After experiencing the Chocolate Expo, don't forget to take a walk through the Arboretum. The main building of the Arboretum is situated near a picturesque pond which makes for a beautiful walk. The Children's Garden is also only a short walk away.
The Chocolate Expo runs from 10AM-4PM on Feb.4 and Feb. 5. Admission to the Expo is free with admission to the Arboretum. The Chocolate Expo is the perfect way to begin the month of February!