PORTLAND -- Moonstruck chocolate has made a sweet tradition out of Take Your Son or Daughter to Work Day.
From a chocolate waterfall to spinning wheels coated in cocoa butter, it’s a kids’ dream come true. Even the movie, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" plays on TV. Where else but Portland’s Moonstruck Chocolate could kids become candy makers for the day?
The special tradition continued on Thursday.
“They get to have an appreciation for what their parents do and see that it’s not chocolate coming out of a machine. Every one of these is handmade,” explained Moonstruck Director of Operations Dan Howard.
At 13, Julie Buzey was learning what her grandmother has done for eight years.
“My grandmother brings home boxes of chocolates and they look nice. Now I know so much time and work goes into each one. It’s art,” said Julie.
Step one for the kids was making truffles out of ganache. Then their creations were carefully slipped under cascading chocolate for a coating.
The kids learned all about the intricate process that results in Moonstruck turning out 80,000 truffles a week.
Julie enjoyed her taste of the business but has other plans for the future.
“I want to be a pediatrician, and yes my patients can eat chocolate,” she said with a smile.