If you're like the majority of Americans, you've probably committed to losing weight or cutting down on sugar for your New Year's resolution, but there's always room for chocolate! Just in time to satisfy your sweet tooth, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens in Miami invites you to indulge on chocolate delicacies at the 12th Annual International Chocolate Festival starting Friday, January 19th. This weekend-long event will feature the best chocolatiers and chefs in Miami showing off some of their most exquisite creations and conducting chocolate-making lessons and demonstrations.

In addition to sampling chocolate and learning how to make it, the International Chocolate Festival has plenty of other sweet activities like their ChocoWalk Passport Expedition where you tour the botanical gardens and learn about the cacao plant and bean, or as the Mayans called it, "fruit of the Gods." If you're feeling hungry after the hike, go to the Garden Market and buy chocolate as well as honey, candles, lamps made of natural materials, and more.

There's also a ChocoKids area just for the little ones where they can learn about chocolate and its importance in the rainforest, get their faces painted, and play fun family lawn games. Don't worry, moms, the International Chocolate Festival has a ChocoSpa just for you where you can relax with a chocolate-scented massage.

Doors to Miami's International Chocolate Festival will be open Friday, January 19th through Sunday the 21st from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and admission is $25 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $12 for children; entrance is free for kids ages 5 and under. Tickets are available for purchase online, and you can also convert your ticket into a Fairchild membership, giving you free admission to future events at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens and other perks!

It doesn't get much better than eating chocolate all day, so mark your calendars and head to the Miami's 12th Annual International Chocolate Festival for a sweet weekend.

While you're at the festival, show how much you love chocolate by using hashtags #Fairchild and #ILoveChocolate on your social media for posts that will definitely make your followers jealous and crave chocolate!

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