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Four things for families to do at the New York Chocolate Show

Cocoa comes in all shapes, sizes and flavors at the New York Chocolate Show.

  • Youngsters get cooking in the Kids' Zone.

  • Carl Warner's chocolate train

  • Chocolate Fashion at the Chocolate Show NYC

  • Dylan Lauren of Dylan's Candy Bar will be at the Chocolate Show this year

  • Jacques Torres shows off his chocolate creation.

Youngsters get cooking in the Kids' Zone.

A world made of chocolate may be a kid's dream, and for four days each year it nearly comes true at the . While the expo focuses mainly on vendor booths, the show also boasts plenty of activities to entice the littlest chocolate connoisseurs and help them develop their cocoa palate.

This year, in addition to its usual cocoa-themed crafts, the Kids Zone hosts a chocolate grab game reminiscent of the fictional search for the gilded wrapper in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Children who find the specially wrapped pieces will score tickets to the or Cathy Rigby Is Peter Pan.

Colonial Americans may have had an affinity for tea, but their relationship with chocolate is just as storied. In the American Heritage Chocolate booth, demonstrators decked out in colonial attire teach little ones about the history of chocolate in our country, and how early chocolate makers turned cacao beans into a sweet finished product.

The Great White Way goes brown in this year's fashion show, where chocolatiers parade their wearable creations on the catwalk. Tickets to the event are pricey ($150 apiece), but your brood can admire the couture in a gratis display that goes up after the showing. Featured designers include Zac Young of Top Chef: Just Desserts fame channeling the divas of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and pastry chef Deborah Pellegrino of Harrah's Resort giving a nod to The Lion King's wild costumes.

As they wander the expo in search of goodies to sample, children can catch demos from the stars of New York City's sweets scene, including Serena Palumbo from The Next Food Network Star. Plus, don't forget to check out the Broadway-themed chocolate sculptures constructed by local pastry chefs like Vanessa Greeley and Kevin O'Brien.

The New York Chocolate Show takes place at the Metropolitan Pavilion from Nov 10 to 13.

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