Students enjoyed tasting different types of chocolate and learned to appreciate chocolate like true aficionados with chocolatier and chocolate curator, Linda Johnson, owner of Chocology Unlimited. This Choco-Lego build event included a Lego Build Competition at West Side dine-in, where student teams competed to create a mascot and build a race car. Points and prizes were awarded for most creative, largest, smallest, design innovation, and of course . . . the fastest!
Students sampled four varieties of chocolate — dark, milk, soft caramel, and spicy — then voted for their favorites. Milk chocolate was the most popular, with soft caramel as a close second.
Tables with buckets filled with Legos were right next to the tasting table, so students were able to jump right into building. “I really liked this event, I think it was a really cool way to de-stress after a long day of classes. I really felt like a kid again . . . it brought me back to my childhood, and I really appreciated it,” stated Beres Lewis, ‘21, Multidisciplinary Studies.
Upon completion of their Lego car creation, students began to test the speed and durability of their cars on the ramps. “We’ve been having so much fun today building Legos and tasting chocolates, the students have been amazing,” said Johnson.
Chocology was founded by the Johnson family on April 9, 2014 after the family combined their passion for learning and love for chocolate into one. Linda and her daughter, Madeline, toured Belgian suppliers and collaborated to make cool and unique products. They are currently enrolled in an internationally recognized professional chocolatier class to extend their knowledge of chocolate. The Johnson family aims to incorporate the use of chocolate into corporate team building workshops, kids club and classes, and online education.
You can visit Chocology’s new store at 1099 North Country Road in Stony Brook or follow them on social.