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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When I eat American Heritage® Chocolate, I taste many different spices. What exact spices are in the recipe?
Spices were common in chocolate recipes from the 1600s and 1700s. American Heritage® Chocolate is based on historic recipes which included spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, chili pepper, orange, anise and vanilla. The level of each spice in the recipe was critical in creating a balanced and desirable flavor.
Are American Heritage® Chocolate products Kosher?
American Heritage® Chocolate is Kosher-certified, made without dairy, wheat, peanuts, and tree nuts, and is made in a facility that does not contain peanuts and tree nuts.
Are there allergen risks associated with American Heritage® Chocolate?
American Heritage® Chocolate does not contain any of the top eight allergens responsible for 90% of food allergies: milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, or wheat. The chocolate is produced in a production line that does not use any of these top eight allergens.
Where are American Heritage® Chocolate products made?
The chocolates are produced in Pennsylvania by the Historical Division of MARS, Incorporated. This division works with the Colonial Chocolate Society, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Fort Ticonderoga, and the University of California at Davis to ensure historical accuracy for the chocolate recipe, product design, and accompanying literature.
How is American Heritage® Chocolate made?
The chocolates are produced using small-scale equipment with some concessions to the modern era. For example, the steel mixers used to make the chocolate and blend in the spices are powered by electricity. The process also follows modern sanitation practices, and the packaging complies with modern product safety regulations. Much of the process and packaging is done by hand, reminiscent of how it would have been done in the 1600-1700s.
Where did the recipe for American Heritage® come from?
Recipes of this era often consisted of just a listing of the amount of each ingredient. The specific type or concentration of the spices were not identified. For example, a listing of cinnamon did not indicate the type of cinnamon or the form of cinnamon (finely ground, coarse, etc.). The American Heritage® Chocolate recipe was inspired by chocolate recipes from Hannah Glass, John Nott, and others. Many versions of these recipes were tested, tasted and evaluated in order to develop the flavor and texture of American Heritage® Chocolate.
Are there plans for other varieties of American Heritage® Chocolate?
Our historians and chocolatiers are working together to bring you new varieties of historic chocolate. Stay tuned!
Why can’t I buy American Heritage® Chocolate at the grocery store?
American Heritage® Chocolate products are sold in Museums and living history sites as well as fine gift shops across North America or on our website at Americanheritagechocolate.com
Who is the parent company of American Heritage® Chocolate?
MARS Chocolate North America
How/Why was AHC started?
American Heritage® Chocolate was developed by MARS so that we could share the delicious transformation of chocolate’s flavor, texture and format through the ages.
How do the proceeds support the mission of education?
All profits for the sale of American Heritage® Chocolate are made by historic partners and retailers. Through educational presentations and hands-on demonstrations using American Heritage® Chocolate, an authentic historic chocolate made by Mars Chocolate North America, we work together with our partners to educate consumers on the history of the Americas through the unique lens of chocolate.
I’d like to sell your product in my store. Where can I get more information?
Thank you for your interest! Please fill out our retailer form, and one of our associates will be in touch with you.