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She Blinded Me with Chocolate

What better way to get people of all ages interested in science than to lure them with chocolate? The South Florida Museum of Science in West Palm Beach is well aware of this particular trick and has set up a trap to draw you in with chocolate, then blind you with science. February, the month of romance, is a likely time for a chocolate fest, and the eighth-annual Science of Chocolate event returns to the museum from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Beyond the usual choco-factoids and choco-history, the museum will cook up some chocolatey treats using -- you guessed it -- science. Chocolate ice cream will be created using dry ice and liquid nitrogen. The Science of Chocolate event is free with paid museum admission: $11.95 for adults, $8.95 for children 3 to 12, $10.45 for seniors, and free for members. The museum is located at 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach. Call 561-832-1988, or visit
Sat., Feb. 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 10, 12-5 p.m., 2013
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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