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When it comes to chocolate, some folks like milk, and others prefer dark. Taste in films, we discovered, is just as deliciously quixotic. When we compared the adaptations of Roald Dahl's classic kids story, some of us gravitated towards Tim Burton's dark and edgy Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, while others yearned for the milkier musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Either way, watching spoiled Veruka Salt, obnoxious Violet Beauregard, screen-obsessed Mike Teavee and gluttonous Augustus Gloop get their just desserts is delightful. When Charlie Bucket inherits the chocolate kingdom, it is sweet revenge, because only he “mixes it with love and makes the world feel good.”
Talk about a kid in candy store: it's one of life's guilty pleasures to take your kids chocolate tasting in the name of culture. Glimpsing row after row of chocolates upon walking into an artisan chocolate shop, our nine year-old could not believe his good fortune. His mission was to sample a plate of chocolates, don his critic's hat and rate each one. But which to choose? He went for color (violet swirls), name (what boy can resist a soccer legend?) and, of course, maternal influence (hmmm, caramel with sea salt). After taking a bite out of each, he put them in taste order, took another bite to re-check his results, and, like a true critic, didn't sugar coat his reaction: Curry-filled chocolate received a "Yuck!," but one with peanut butter filling fared better with "You gotta' have it!" If only every day could be so sweet.
Our tips for talking to your kids about this film:
Visit an Artisan Chocolate Shop
Time Allotment: 45 minutes
Age Recommendation: All chocolate lovers!
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