A mouthwatering chocolate drink needs a special pot!
The Europeans decided that this wonderful chocolate drink needed a special pot! The earliest chocolate pots were made with silver and copper. In 17th century England, chocolate pots were made of silver and decorated with raised designs. The family crest was also stamped on the side. A chocolate pot bore a wooden handle angled at 90 degrees. Later, European porcelain manufacturers, such as the Limoge Company in France, began to make porcelain chocolate pots.
The earliest surviving chocolate pot dates from 1685 and was made by the English silversmith George Garthorne. The drinking of chocolate in coffee houses was very fashionable during the last quarter of the 17th and the first quarter of the 18th century.
The chocolate drink and pot eventually made their way to Boston, chocolate pots and coffee pots looked a lot alike. The stirring rod was about the only difference. The lid had a hole in the top; there was an ornamental finial to close the hole when the pot wasn’t in use. As the chocolate cooked over an open fire, a wooden stirring stick was whirled between both hands to mix the brew to create a thick froth on top. Fine examples of chocolate pots can be found in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in the Art of the Americas wing (type “chocolate pots” into the Collections Search).
From the Hearth and Home of Captain Newark Jackson,