Historic Tidbits Category

For the Love of Chocolate

I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day last weekend, though I expect you celebrated it without the salt-filled, hard-boiled egg of colonial times. It’s far more likely that you gifted or received a box of chocolates, or maybe split a bar of chocolate with a special someone. But where did this association between romance and […]

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The History of White Chocolate, A Twentieth-Century Tale

Unlike Daniel Peter and milk chocolate, the exact inventor of white chocolate seems to have been lost to the sands of time. There are rumors of a New Hampshire man producing white chocolate shortly after World War I . . . because he had encountered it somewhere in Europe. A more promising candidate may be Kuno Baedeker, who developed a […]

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Chocolate Rum Balls

  Here’s a simple recipe that I’m sure your holiday guests will enjoy! American Heritage Chocolate Rum Balls Ingredients 2 1⁄2 cups vanilla wafers, crushed (A 250g box of vanilla wafers equals 2 1/2 cups) 3 tablespoons American Heritage Chocolate Drink 1 cups icing sugar ½ cup rum 2 tablespoons white corn syrup (one brand […]

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Ambergris: The Chocolate Additive Worth Its Weight in Gold

Last month, we considered the role of chocolate as a ration on whaling ships, but that is not, in fact, the only chocolate connection to be made between whales, the whaling industry, chocolate, and Moby-Dick! Sperm whales actually produce an unctuous, fragrant excretion called ambergris that has historically been added to chocolate. In chapters 91 and 92 […]

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Boston Cream Pie with American Heritage Chocolate Glaze

 Today I made a Massachusetts famous dessert, Boston cream pie with American Heritage Chocolate Glaze.   Did you know that on December 12, 1996 the Boston cream pie was proclaimed the official State Dessert of Massachusetts beating out other candidates including the toll house cookie and Indian pudding? Boston cream pie (really a cake – not […]

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May I suggest another cure for a dreary November, Ishmael?

“Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet . . . then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I […]

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Are These Almonds?

In honor of Columbus Day–or Indigenous Peoples’ Day, depending on your location–we are going to reflect back on a classic historical misunderstanding between Christopher Columbus and indigenous Mesoamericans. We have previously remarked on Columbus’s misidentification of red chili pepper as a relative of black pepper, but he didn’t stop there, he also had some issues […]

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Waking Up with Chocolate

You probably know someone (and maybe it’s yourself!) who can’t start his or her day without the help of a cup of coffee. Still others rely on a steaming cup of tea for a similar energizing wake-up. But would you ever consider kicking off your day with a cup of drinking chocolate?

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Colonial Chocolate Spices: Annatto

Visitors to Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop are often surprised to discover that our colonial drinking chocolate is seasoned with eight different spices. American Heritage Historic Chocolate is flavored with cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, chili pepper, anise, orange zest, salt, and annatto, as well as a small amount of sugar. We will be taking a closer […]

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Colonial Chocolate Spices: Salt

Visitors to Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop are often surprised to discover that our colonial drinking chocolate is seasoned with eight different spices. American Heritage Historic Chocolate is flavored with cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, chili pepper, anise, orange zest, salt, and annatto, as well as a small amount of sugar. We will be taking a closer […]

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