Fourth-grade students from Hershey, Pa. virtually attended class with students from Ghana on Monday in The Hershey Story museum's Chocolate Lab. The class, which taught the students how cocoa beans from Ghana become chocolate bars in Pennsylvania, is part of a virtual classroom initiative Hershey began in October. "When I learned ... we could do something like this at low cost, I thought it would be a great way to bring the Milton Hershey School together with kids in Ghana," said Andy McCormick, the company's vice president of public affairs.
Researchers suggest that instead of prohibiting children from eating certain foods to prevent them from becoming obese, parents should help their children make healthy food choices and learn about self-control. In a study of 197 non-Hispanic white girls, they found that those who had high levels of perceived parental food restrictions and low self-control were at the highest risk of gaining weight.
ChoCo'a Boutique in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is reopening behind the Mall of the Emirates. It also is launching a new collection of dark chocolates, Java Single Origin Chocolates, in several flavors.
President Barack Obama is continuing a tradition that dates at least to the Reagan administration, giving boxes of M&M's to passengers aboard Air Force One. Mars packages the red, white and blue peanut M&M's in small boxes showing the presidential seal and Obama's signature on one side, and an M&M carrying an American flag on the other.