WALLINGFORD — ShopRite Dietitian Marisa McCoy hosted a “Valentine Sweet Treats” event recently at the Wallingford Public Library.
A dozen participants got to sample chocolate fondue and learn fun facts about chocolate. McCoy, along with University of St. Joseph’s dietetic intern Jamie Mills, handed out dark chocolate fondue, strawberries, bananas, pretzels, marshmallows, and dried apricots.
Mills microwaved the melting chips for 30 seconds, stirred, then microwaved for another 15 seconds. The chocolate will burn if you don’t stir, she said.
For those who are health conscious, dark chocolate has more antioxidants, fiber and iron. Dark and milk chocolate have a similar amount of calories. McCoy also shared that white chocolate is actually not a chocolate at all, but a derivative, made of cocoa butter, sugar and milk, instead of cocoa beans or powder.
McCoy offers a variety of diet and cooking related events in Wallingford and Southington, which are often posted on the ShopRite Facebook pages and website calendar.