Aggie Chocolate Factory Teaches Professional Candy Makers The Art and Science of Chocolate Making

The chocolate industry is a skilled craft that blends art and science, with even professional candy makers continuously learning about the process. Recently, several professionals gathered in Logan for a short course at the Aggie Chocolate Factory. The course, entitled Why Chocolate Tastes So Good: The Art and Science of Chocolate Manufacturing, featured expert presenters from the confectionery industry, as well as Utah State University food science Professor Silvana Martini. Participants had the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities to create chocolate.

The attendees of the course were professionals from well-known chocolate companies such as Hershey, Guittard, Wilbur’s of Maine, and Ghirardelli. Hosted by the Professional Manufacturing Confectioners Association (PMCA), the course provided a comprehensive overview of the chocolate production process. This included everything from cocoa bean cultivation and sustainable farming practices to the various processing stages that result in cocoa liquor, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, compound coating, chocolate, and chocolate confections.

Steve Bernet, the Aggie Chocolate Factory Manager, expressed his gratitude for hosting a PMCA course at their facility. He emphasized the importance of collaboration with organizations like PMCA that are committed to educating and supporting members in the confectionery industry. While Aggie Chocolate Factory does create and sell products, its main focus is on learning and research. Their official name reflects this emphasis on student-focused research and teaching: The Aggie Chocolate Factory Learning and Research Center.

Dr. Martini highlighted the significance of PMCA in the confectionery industry, noting its reputation as a leading trade organization for educating professionals. She expressed her pride in being involved with PMCA through their partnership at Aggie Chocolate Factory and supporting its mission to empower members to create products that bring joy to people through education and training opportunities like this short course.

Overall, this collaboration between Aggie Chocolate Factory and PMCA demonstrates their commitment to advancing knowledge and skills within the confectionery industry while providing an opportunity for professionals to learn about every aspect of chocolate production from start to finish.

By Aiden Johnson

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