Chocolate lovers and those curious about its past are in for a treat at Paisley & District u3a.

Local member, Valerie Reilly, will share the confection’s history through the ages on Thursday 4 April.  As an author and former keeper of textiles with Paisley Museum, Valerie has researched many topics but few as delicious as this.


Attendees may sample some chocolate at the monthly meeting which begins at 2pm.  Refreshments are served from 1.30pm in the Salvation Army Hall, Mill Street (PA1 1ND).

u3a chair, Kathy O’Donnell said: “I bet many of us bought or gave chocolate eggs this Easter.  Valerie will offer us some fascinating facts from the chocolate historical timeline.

We’ll enjoy tasting and learning more about the enduring appeal of this well-loved treat.”

Valerie Reilly commented: “Did you know that humanity has been enjoying the fruit of the tropical cacao tree for something like 3,500 years?  Were you aware that the United Kingdom today is the world’s fifth largest consumer of chocolate per head of population?  I’ve uncovered many interesting details, a few myths and one quirky truth which is that rodents prefer chocolate to cheese.  This might change the bait we usually put in mousetraps! ”

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