By Howard Pousner
No, you haven’t entered Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Though there’s no ignoring the smell of that confection that fills your nostrils the moment you step foot in the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Hardin Visitor Center.
That devilish, hidden aroma machine gets those olfactory senses tingling, and it’s hard not to make a beeline straight into the gift shop, throw down a few bills, and tear into a gourmet chocolate bar.
Focus! Remember that we came here not to eat up — though that will come later — but to drink in the new outdoor exhibit “Chocolate: Seed to Sweet.”
Open since Saturday, the traveling educational diversion features interactive, outdoor displays that spill the (cacao) beans about the history and use of chocolate around the world. The family-friendly show (read: kids can burn off a few kilowatts of energy) was organized by six leading botanical gardens around the country, including Atlanta’s, where it’s making its
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