Students try international chocolates


Olivia Swenson-Hultz

Mellissa Nathan, a freshman pre med major samples goats milk chocolate From Germany as part of EIU and the Chocolate Factory, which features various unique chocolate samples from arund the world.

Mallory Kutnick, Campus Reporter


Students sampled chocolates from five foreign countries Tuesday afternoon.

In addition to German goat’s milk chocolates, “EIU and the Chocolate Factory” showcased sea salt chocolates from Madagascar, dairy-free dark chocolate from Grenada, dark velvet chocolate from Switzerland and both semi-sweet dark chocolate and mango and coconut chocolates from Ghana.

All treats sampled were made without slave labor or child labor, and Katie Caulkins, the committee coordinator, said the tasting brought on conversations about such inhumane practices and raised awareness to their use in the chocolate industry.

“Just bringing that awareness was kind of a hope,” the senior education major said.

Hershey’s uses child labor and slave labor to make its candies, committee member Sienna Mark said; this was news to DreQuan Green, a sophomore mathematics major.

“That makes me think twice about eating Hershey’s again,” he said.

Sierra Murray, a junior marketing major who opted to pack up samples to eat later, said the chocolates she stored in cups were likely to taste better than the name brands.

The companies whose chocolates were featured at the tasting include Alter Eco, Divine Chocolate and the Grenada Chocolate Factory.

The tasting was going to feature chocolates from six countries instead of five, but the University Board’s Cultural Arts committee has yet to receive the Costa Rican desserts. They will instead give the missing treats and all leftovers to a raffle winner upon arrival.

The raffle tickets, printed on golden pieces of paper, doubled as surveys about the tasting. The committee called them “Golden Tickets,” a reference to the tasting’s namesake “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

However, not all students found the “sweets” to be sweet.

Essence Chatman, a junior public relations major, compared the dairy-free Grenadian chocolate to medicine.

“It tastes like spoiled milk,” she said.

Other students described the dairy-free chocolates as bitter.

Taryn Smith, a senior general studies major, said she thought the goat’s milk chocolate tasted sour, but it left Kaylee Fuller lost for words.

“I don’t know how to describe it,” the freshman chemistry major said. “It’s good, though.”

Regardless of taste buds, most who sampled the goat’s milk chocolates said they were “interesting.”

Grace O’Brien, a freshman graphic design major, called the mango and coconut treats “interesting” as well.

“It’s cool to have a tropical flavor in chocolate,” O’Brien said.

Alek McMath, a freshman marketing major, said he had sampled every chocolate available except the Grenadian desserts, and the mango and coconut chocolates’ fruity chunks stuck out the most to him.

Adam Sandoval, a senior education major, said the dark velvet bars were sweet.

“It’s very smooth as it goes down,” Sandoval said.

Freshmen art majors Josie Parish and AnTar Johnson also enjoyed the Swiss treats.

“I think it tastes like chocolate,” Johnson said.

Mallory Kutnick can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].