Why Dragons and Chocolate Make a Sweet Pair
If the MIT Laboratory for Chocolate Science sounds like a nerdy student’s daydream, that’s because it is. The 2003 brainchild of alum Ariel Segall ’04 and their classmates, the still-active student group has run events providing hot chocolate during final exams, truffle classes over January’s Independent Activities Period, lectures on chocolate science, and of course Valentine’s Day parties. We “fed people chocolate basically to make them happy,” remembers Paul Weaver ’12, for whom the lab’s activities were an MIT highlight. “We ordered it by the quarter ton.” It was an experience that left an enduring mark on Weaver’s life. That includes his recent choice to take the reins as president at Dark Matter Chocolate, a sweets company for and by nerds founded by fellow chocolate-lover Segall.
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