The AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate Story
AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate has a unique place in the history of Mars Wrigley Confectionery and in the hearts and minds of people across America who appreciate an artisanal, authentic approach to making and celebrating chocolate. We are proud to present chocolate’s global story alongside our historic site partners. With its origins in the Americas over 3,500 years ago, chocolate has been woven throughout the fabric of culture for millennia. Inspiring creativity and a catalyst for making new family traditions, chocolate’s timeless story is one that spans cultures, peoples, rituals and experiences. If love makes the world go ‘round, chocolate makes it richer.
Take a bite out of chocolate history.
AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate has an impressive historic pedigree. Developed by a team of historians, and the legendary advocate of American history and chocolate’s unique story in the Americas, Forrest E. Mars, Jr., in 2006, AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate is the result of years of research by more than 115 global experts. In addition to conducting educational presentations and chocolate-making demonstrations at our site partner locations, along with Mars we have authored several books to help further the cause of chocolate education.
These books include “CHOCOLATE: History, Culture, and Heritage,” “Great Moments in Chocolate History,” and “Great Moments in World History: Global Stories Where Chocolate Sparked Discovery, Innovation, and Imagination!” Click here to learn more about each of these publications.
Apply for a Grant from AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate
Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Research Grant
At MARS, we believe that chocolate has played an intrinsic role in our collective global heritage and culture. The Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Research Grant was created to support institutions dedicated to revealing these stories, sharing them with the public, and preserving them for future generations.
We invite you to join us on our QUEST for learning!
Launched in 2013, the Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Research Grant named after the late owner and legendary advocate of the history of the Americas, has a special emphasis on uncovering and sharing chocolate’s role in global history. The grant is designed to encourage deeper discovery into the influence of chocolate on global heritage and culture. Grant funds will be awarded for project(s) that investigate and/or educate the public on the history of chocolate and/or the chocolate making process from a cultural, historic and/or scientific perspective(s). The scholarship process is competitive, and the awards will be made based on merit as judged by a committee of experts. Educational impact will be at the forefront of this decision process.
The application process for this year is closed, but check back soon for additional information.
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Journey through seven centuries of chocolate.
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When I eat AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate, I taste many different spices. What exact spices are in the recipe?
Spices and variety of ingredients have been common in chocolate for centuries. AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate is based on historic recipes which included spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, red pepper, and anise. 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 Dairy Certified.
Are there allergens associated with AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate?
While AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate is not made with milk, soy, egg, peanuts, or tree nuts, it is manufactured in a facility that contains these allergens. AMERICAN HERITAGE Gourmet Hot Cocoa is made with milk.
Where are AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate products made?
The chocolates are made in small batches at the Mars Wrigley Confectionery facility in Henderson, Nevada.
Where did the recipe for AMERICAN HERITAGE come from?
Recipes of early America often consisted of just a listing 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 from the 18th century. 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!
Where can I buy AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate?
AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate products are sold in Museums and living history sites as well as fine gift shops across North America and on Amazon.
Who is the parent company of AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate?
Mars Wrigley Confectionery, LLC
How/Why was AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate 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 from the sale of AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate sold at living history sites and museums go back to the sites where they are sold. Profits from our book, Great Moments In Chocolate History, are used to fund an annual grant that is available to educational institutions, individuals and historic sites looking to explore further chocolate’s unique role in history and culture. Through educational presentations and hands-on demonstrations using AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate, an authentic historic chocolate made by Mars Wrigley Confectionery, 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 wholesale form, and one of our associates will be in touch with you.