Sneak peek offered of new Aggie Chocolate Factory

The Aggie Chocolate Factory, a new Utah State University College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (CAAS) learning and research center, will hold open house tours for the public on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 3 to 4 p.m. The event will be held at Aggie Blue Square, 1111 N. 800 E. in Logan. Tours showing the process of chocolate making will be given every 15 to 20 minutes.

“You won’t be able to swim in a chocolate river like in Willie Wonka’s factory, but you will see chocolate making from bean to bar,” said Dave Irish, who knows about sweet treats as manager of the USU Creamery and Aggie Ice Cream.

The public will have behind-the-scenes access to the workings of the Aggie Chocolate Factory and free samples during the tour. The facility is located in the restaurant area of the Aggie Blue Square complex just west of Maverik Stadium. It will be an unusual combination of public space and working laboratory.

“The factory will serve several purposes, but it is first a laboratory for students in food science,” said Professor Silvana Martini. “It will also facilitate research and outreach to the confectionary industry. This will be the only chocolate factory at a university in the western United States, and people in the industry are excited about the opportunities for short courses and working with us to produce certain flavor profiles.”

Information about the Aggie Chocolate Factory Sneak Peek and other events during CAAS week can be found at caas.usu.edu/week.

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