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Kids with the Chocolate Touch

At the end of this school year, Mrs. Holliday, a teacher at Bradley Creek Elementary School, invited us to speak to her 3rd grade class about chocolate. The class was reading the classic story by Patrick Skene Catling, The Chocolate Touch. The principle character, John Midas, loves chocolate. He thinks that chocolate tastes better than any other food. He spends his entire allowance on chocolate, and he won't share it with his friends. He wishes he could eat chocolate all of the time. One day, after wandering into a candy store to buy a piece of their best chocolate, John finds out that it just might be possible that there is such a thing as too much chocolate.  Much like the famous Midas of Greek mythology, everything John Midas touches turns to chocolate!

To prove to the school children that chocolate doesn't always taste good, we brought some unsweetened chocolate for each student to try. Of course, we also brought along some of our finished product too - our very kid-friendly gourmet Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bon Bons.  The kids were so fun - very curious and expressive. We showed them a picture of our place, and one boy said: "That doesn't look like a chocolate factory; it looks like a garden center!" Pascal was very proud that the flowers in our window boxes made such an impression. The students had lots of questions for us such as:
  • Can you make a Snickers bar?
  • What do you eat for dessert?
  • Are you the boss?  (They asked me this question, and being the diplomat of the family, I told them that Pascal was the boss.  They followed up with: "What are you then, The Manager?" I told them that, yes, they could think of me as The Manager.)
  • What is your job exactly as "The Manager"? (I told them that Pascal makes the bon bons, but I talk to customers and take orders and manage our website and pay the bills.)
  • Do you have kids?
  • Do you make a lot of money?
  • Long after hearing my job description, one little boy raised his hand and asked Pascal: "Do you ever pay the bills?" He was apparently quite troubled that I might have to pay all of the bills by myself!
  • From one little guy: Will you stay and listen to my presentation about my coin from Germany? (We did.)
  • How many bon bons do you make per day?
     
A few weeks after our presentation, we received a large envelope in the mail. It was filled with letters from the class. We couldn't resist sharing a few of them with you, exactly as they were written:

June 9. 2009
Dear Mrs. Charlene and Mr. Pascal,
Thank you for comeing to Bradley Creek! The bitter chocolate tasted disgusting! Your hat looked like it had a real cake on it. We finished reading The Chocolate Touch.  I love The bon bons. Thank you for teaching us chocolate history.
Sincerly,
Wil

June 9. 2009
Dear Mrs. Charlene and Mr. Pascal,
Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to come see ous at Bradley Creek.  The Bon-Bons were DELICIOUS!! But the regular chocolate was yuck! That hat was hilarious and cute. I still can't get over the Bon-Bons (oo la la). I may just stop by and buy some!  I think you have a very hansom partner and you are very pretty too!  You too were very profeshenil! Hope to see you soon!
Sincerly,
Maddie

June 9. 2009
Dear Mrs. Charlene & Mr. Pascal,
Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule. Hi remember me I'm Tiera from Mrs. Holliday's class at Bradley Creek Elementary School. Thank you for talking to us about chocolate. I really learned alot from you. Thank you for letting us try the real chocolate but that chocolate was bitter, digusting, horrible, terrible, not sweet. I loved your hat. It look like you had a real candy & a real cake on your hat. I didn't like the real chocolate. The bon bons was so DELICIOUS! I hope you come again and give us more bon bons. I love bon bons. I hate real chocolate. I hope you have a good summer.
Sincerely,
Tiera

June 9. 2009
Dear Mrs. Charlene and Mr. Pascal,
Thank you for coming to bradley creek. Yougize were very nice to give us a good chocolate leson about chocolate! I thought the bon bon was good but the raw chocolate, not so much! It was very thoughtful for you to give us Free bon bons. I have a question:  can i have a free bag of Penut Butter bon bons? I've never tased REAL chocolate before.  Happy summer!
Love,
Macey

June 9. 2009
I love chocolate.
Dear Mrs. Charlene and Mr. Pascal,
Thank you for coming to Bradly Ceek School. I loved the bon bon. They are great and tastey. Mrs. Chalene I liked your hat the cake looked rile. I did not like the rill chocolate it tasted like socks. I hope you have a good summer and make lots of money.
Sincerely,
Violet

Each letter is so cute, I wish I could type them all for you, but all of this thinking about chocolate seems to have given me the John Midas touch - just take a look at my keyboard!

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