October 2011

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The Cocoa Research Unit (CRU) celebrated world Cocoa and Chocolate Day (October 1) on September 30 with an exhibition and sales event at the Sir Frank Stockdale Building, Faculty of Science and Agriculture. There was no formal agenda for this event but staff and students were free to mingle and see product displays, sample delectable morsels of local chocolate and truffles and purchase products from local chocolate and confectionery producers as well as local origin chocolates (including Cocoabel, Exotic Caribbean Mountain Pride, Delft Cocoa Plantations and Tobago Cocoa Estate W.I. Ltd.). There were also static displays from Gina’s Hand Made truffles and CacaoAtlana.

The educational link between cocoa and chocolate was made with displays from the Cocoa Research Section of the Ministry of Food Production, Land and Marine Affairs Research Division, the Cocoa and Coffee Industry Board of Trinidad and Tobago and our very own Cocoa Research Unit.

There was a special chocolate tasting session from noon were interested individuals were involved in consumer testing of four signature lines of International Cocoa Genebank origin chocolates produced in house by the Cocoa Research Unit. The celebration of World Cocoa and Chocolate Day on October 1 will become a permanent part of the calendar of events of the CRU.