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Chocolate truffles for all!
Chocolate truffles for all!

You may--or may not--know that chocolate has six crystalline states and that heating it too quickly can separate its molecules and cause it to become gritty. The science of chocolate blends with the pleasure when MIT students and alumni put that knowledge to delicious use as members of MIT's Laboratory for Chocolate Science.

This chocolate appreciation club, inspired by truffle-making parties hosted by then-student Ariel Segall '04, continues as an eclectic bunch of chocolatiers who share the fruits of their work--hot chocolate during exams, truffle sales, IAP science of chocolate lectures, and chocolate tastings open to the public. Near campus? Check their Web site for the next mouth-watering event.

You can do this at home: watch the video to learn how to make tea-infused dark chocolate truffles.



Wed, 05/04/2011 5:55am

How come we didn't have science lab like this when I was in school? Does anyone else feel like students these days are learning more things outside the box then we are? Classes on modern TV shows. Studies on the effect of Facebook... I should go back to school!

Jone jeel jugadora

Sun, 09/15/2013 6:15pm

fist time of my life to eat the truffles chocolate I like et.....

Jeremy T

Wed, 07/06/2011 2:48pm

If chocolate science was my major.. i wouldnt miss a single lecture or tutorial.. lol

In reply to by Amy


Mon, 02/07/2011 8:41pm

I am with Ted on that one, I'd love to have one of those delectable chocolates in my stomach. This is definately a science lab I'd look forward too

Ted Trove

Thu, 01/20/2011 9:47pm

Nancy, you're making me hungry. I think there's a crystalline state missing though. Crystalline state 7: in my belly :) Lovely post.

Mary Falter

Mon, 01/10/2011 9:33am

I luv our gorilla balls!

Mary Falter

Thu, 10/22/2009 4:35pm

One of our departments is in the process of recreating itself and we have adopted a Gorilla theme - the team name is KAN-DU and
we are looking for either hollow chocolate balls or truffle (whichever is larger) to be individually wrapped and given out to guests who visit our office (we're going to tell everyone that they are "Gorilla Balls"
I know this probably sounds silly but part of our company culture is to have fun and create a little wierdness. I am reaching out to you for any suggestions or creative
ideas you may have.
When you get done laughing and pick yourself up off the floor,
please respond to Mary Falter at My telephone # 702-943-7777x7125. I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you so very much in advance.
Mary Falter

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