To help sweethearts and others prepare for Valentine’s Day, CALS candy guru Rich Hartel will share his chocolate expertise online in two ways this week: via an Ask Me Anything (AMA) interview on Reddit and an interactive webinar hosted by the American Chemical Society.
During the AMA, which runs from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Feb. 11, Hartel will answer questions on chocolate chemistry.
During the ACS webinar, which starts at 1 p.m. CT on Thursday, Feb. 12, he will explore the question: What separates good chocolate from the most exquisite chocolate? He will explain how tempering, crystallization, and chemistry can make all the difference when selecting your favorite chocolate treat. Viewers are encouraged to make the webinar interactive by picking up the suggested chocolates listed here before the broadcast.