All Invited to Aggie Chocolate Expo September 25
Thursday, Sep. 12, 2019
The Aggie Chocolate Factory at Utah State University trains food science students and facilitates research that helps business owners in the confectionary industry. To further this mission, the inaugural Aggie Chocolate Expo will take place at the only university chocolate factory in the western United States.
The public is invited to the Aggie Chocolate Expo Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Aggie Chocolate Factory, 1111 North 800 E., Suite 140, Logan, directly west of Maverik Stadium.
What to expect at the Aggie Chocolate Expo:
- A chocolate creation competition is open to professionals and the public. Registration required.
- Aggie Chocolate Factory researchers, local chocolatiers and internationally recognized chocolate makers Blommer and Callebaut will conduct short presentations on the science, art and business of chocolate making throughout the day.
- Samples of Aggie Chocolate, vendor chocolate, chocolate-seasoned meat, a new flavor of Aggie Ice Cream called “The Scotchman” and a new cherry chocolate jam will be available.
- Aggie Chocolate Factory gift baskets will be on display for attendees to make holiday orders.
- Community vendor and College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences student booths.
Researchers at the Aggie Chocolate Factory partner with commercial chocolatiers locally and from around the world. Opportunities to work with Utah’s commercial candy makers is a new facet of extending USU’s land-grant mission to serve people in the state as there are many candy companies in Utah and the majority produce some kind of chocolate confection.
All cocoa beans used at the Aggie Chocolate Factory are sourced from sustainably farmed operations that receive fair trade prices for their product. Steve Shelton, manager of the Aggie Chocolate Factory, said artisan chocolate making from bean to bar is much like the artisan cheese or craft brewing industries in that small batches allow careful control of flavor profiles and exploring the nuances that different ingredients and processes create.
For more information on the Aggie Chocolate Expo, visit https://aggiechocolate.com/expo. Parking information can be found on USU’s Visitor Parking page at http://parking.usu.edu/parking-information/visitor-parking.
- - Bronson Teichert, Student Writer, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
- - Steve Shelton, Manager, Aggie Chocolate Factory
- - Silvana Martini, Professor, Food Science, 435-797-8136