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Sand Tiger Shark Fun Fact

Looks closely at the sand tiger sharks in the "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit. Their snout and jaws are covered in tiny holes. These are receptors for the sharks' "sixth sense" – their ability to detect bioelectric fields emitted by other animals (including potential prey).




Chocolate Expo on Sun., Jan. 25


Thanks for joining us!

Check out photos on our Flickr page.

We are also sharing photo albums and blog posts on our Facebook page.

If you missed this year's event, here's a smattering of what makes it special:

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (extended hours)

$15 adults, $10 children ages 3-12 (discounted admission)
Members save $2.

Chocolate, the Aquarium, free samples, and celebrity chef demonstrations are ALL included in your admission.

Read further for important notices about:

  • Ticket Purchase (non-refundable; buy a web ticket now to skip the line)
  • Aquarium Members (special event pricing)
  • Parking (convenient garage, additional parking with free shuttle)
  • Crowds (busiest from noon to 4)
  • Allergy warning

Presenting sponsor:

Chocolate Expo, one of the largest consumer-oriented chocolate events in the United States, features some 40 vendors, most offering free tastings of their products and on-the-spot sales. They’ll be set up throughout the Aquarium’s galleries and IMAX® Theater lobby. Aquar.ChocolateExpo2015-2 for web

Expo producer Marvin Baum said Chocolate Expo is for people who are serious about chocolate and enjoy unique specialty foods.

“Think of the chocolate tastings in the way you might think of a wine tasting at a winery: you get a small sample to try and you often get to talk with the person who made the product," Baum said. "If you like what you’ve tasted, you can purchase that product directly at the show for yourself or to give as gifts.”

Find not only traditional and gourmet chocolates, but also unique offerings like chocolate tarts, chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate balsamic dressing, chocolate-covered bacon, chocolate-infused brussels sprouts, even chocolate-scented bath soaps. But Chocolate Expo isn’t entirely about chocolate. Try maple sugar cotton candy, Caribbean rum cakes, gourmet pumpkin seeds, exotic pickles and olives, 8 flavors of edible cookie dough, 40 types of gourmet seed and nut butters and much more. You can see more about vendors and their offerings HERE. First visit to Chocolate Expo? Read the FAQs.

Celebrity Chef appearances: (Limited first-come, first-served seating)

Cooking demonstrations using chocolate will be led in the IMAX Theater by three celebrity chefs:

Cooking Demo

11:00 am - Tony Albanese
12:30 pm - Barret Beyer
2:00 pm - Larry Rosenberg
3:30 pm - Tony Albanese
5:00 pm - Barret Beyer

Article-images-Chef-BarretTony Albanese, pastry designer and former assistant to Buddy Valastro of “Cake Boss,” at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Barret Beyer of Fox TV’s “Hell’s Kitchen” at 12:30 & 5 p.m.

Larry Rosenberg, recipe-book author and owner of Bacon Bites, at 2 p.m.

The chefs also will be available throughout the day for pictures and autographs.

Article-images-Chief-AlbaneseAquarium exhibits will be open on Jan. 25 – and will stay open two hours longer than normal: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please note that our new "Jiggle a Jelly" jellyfish touch adventure will not be open during Chocolate Expo. "Jiggle A Jelly" will be open Sat., Jan. 24, and weekends and holidays and school vacation weeks after Chocolate Expo."Meerkats" is also closed as we build a new exhibit in the space next to them.


Crowd notice: this event is very well attended. Busiest times are between noon and 4 p.m. Please plan accordingly. Parents will find it more convenient to carry children or bring small strollers. Purchase advance tickets and skip the line: ADVANCE TICKETS.

Parking: Norwalk has a space for you, and nearby the Aquarium. Maritime Garage is right next door. Special additional parking is at Veteran's Park with free, continuous shuttle service. Additional lots available nearby. Visit the Parking Authority web site here: PARKING. There is also a smart phone app you can download for iPhone and Android showing realtime parking space availability: APP INFO.

Prospective vendors: if you are interested in exhibiting, please contact the promoter directly: 

 The special admission price on Jan. 25:

$15 for adults  /   $10 for kids 3-12.

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Be sure to print your web tickets and bring them with you. You can skip the line when you arrive; go directly to the usher to have your ticket scanned.

Aquarium Members Important Notice:
Aquarium Members receive a $2 discount (adult and child) on event/Aquarium admission this day. Senior member price is same as adult price. Sorry, but Aquarium members do not receive free admission for this special event. Member guest discounts do not apply.



Ticket prices include all taxes/fees, as applicable.

Special "bonus" shows, are offered to attendees on a first-come, first-served "space available" basisly due to limited seating, and, therefore, we cannot guarantee that everyone will be accommodated. These special features are not included in any purchase price and limited capacity will be adhered to. Shows and times are subject to change without notice.

ALLERGY WARNING: Many vendors offer products that contain common food allergens such as wheat, soy, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, etc., or are manufactured in facilities with these products. If you have food allergies, we suggest that you consult with your healthcare provider before attending Chocolate Expo.

Venders attending will be...

An Artistic Taste

Aurora Gourmet

Bacon Bites 

Be Safe, Inc.
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Breezie Maples Farm, LLC

Carousel Sweets
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chocoMe US

Chocolate Rain Shop

Crazy Crepe Cafe

Custo Cookie

Dutch Desserts

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Gatherer’s Gourmet Granola

Goodway Bakery

Grandpa Pete’s Gourmet Sauce

Isn’t It Sweet

JD Gourmet

Jessy’s Pastries

Kathie’s Kitchen LLC / Super Seedz

Le Rouge — Handmade Chocolates & Cakes by Aarti

Michele’s Totally Awesome Gourmet Popcorn

Perriwinkles at Rhinebeck

Pickles, Olives, Etc.

Pika’s Farm Table / CYRE, Inc.

Pop’s Beef Jerky

Raw Chocolate Love

Saratoga Crackers

Savor, LLC

Screme Gelato Bars

Scuteri’s Cannoli Connection 

Sundae's Best Hot Fudge Sauce

Tea Time

Teacher’s Recipe Fudge
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Terranut, Inc.

The Peanut Principle

The Pretzel Princess / KrantzKreations

The RAD Soap Co. LLC

To the Queen’s Taste

Village Chocolate Shoppe

Whipped-Up LLC

Yona’s Gourmet Delights



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and the global environment through
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