Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory

Colonial Theatre Phoenixville, PA


Jennifer Nasser

Director of the Nutrition Sciences Ph.D. program, Drexel University; Associate Professor of Nutrition Sciences, Drexel University

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory— How the body responds to sweets

Nutrition sciences expert Jennifer Nasser explains the physiological impacts—beneficial and detrimental—of eating chocolate and candy.

Colonial Theatre Phoenixville, PA

Film Synopsis

A poor boy wins the opportunity to tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory in the world.

The world is astounded when reclusive and enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the factory, shown all the secrets of his amazing candy, and one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum), whose family is so poor that buying even one bar of chocolate is a treat. Miraculously, Charlie snags the last of the five golden tickets, and he and his grandfather (Jack Albertson), along with four somewhat odious other children, get the chance of a lifetime and a tour of the factory. Along the way, mild disasters befall each of the children. Can Charlie beat the odds and grab the brass ring?

About the Speaker

Dr. Jennifer Nassar is an expert on the body’s cognitive response to food. She is featured in several publications, including the National Geographic documentary Food on the Brain.