Summer Chocolate Celebrations

The AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate story began when chocolate historians carefully crafted a recipe based on ingredients and methods found in the 18th century. Today, the story continues as our brand teams up with some of our country’s most important and beloved historic sites, producing modern versions of classic recipes using AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate. Download this eZine today for not just the exclusive recipes, but the chocolate stores of these historical sites. Here’s a taste of what’s inside:

In Philadelphia, the 250 year old building now known as the Betsy Ross House housed dozens of artisans and shopkeepers in the first part of the 19th century. Betsy Ross herself was a young widow running an upholstery business when the famed visit from George Washington made her the historic figure she is today, known for stitching a flag for the new nation. Betsy Ross was more than just a historic icon, however, she was also an entrepreneur and working-class mother who needed to provide for her children. This recipe for Chocolate Churro Donuts was inspired by the Betsy Ross House and all it stands for.

Colonial Williamsburg is a one-of-a-kind immersive historical experience. This landmark allows you to “live” the 18th century life, where our country was being born and American ideals were being formed. There are six hotels on the property with lodging options that range from luxury guest rooms to authentic colonial homes. You can visit the 19 food and beverage outlets, including Shield’s Tavern where this classic recipe for Chocolate Stuffed Apple Roses with Chocolate Strawberry Sauce was perfected.

Explore the stunning gardens, find adventure, march with the Fife & Drum Corps, or learn a historic trade. These are just a few of the things you can do at Fort Ticonderoga. This historic site is a multi-faceted experience spanning 2,000 acres in New York’s beautiful Adirondack Mountains. The unique story of our nation’s military and its role in the found of the United States is a perfect place for a recipe that could feed an army. For a pork taco recipe that tastes as good as it looks, check out the Chocolate Dry Rub Pork Tacos with Rainbow Citrus Slaw, brought to you by Fort Ticonderoga.

The Lady’s Recipe Book boasts the first known preparation for a cake baked with chocolate circa 1847. AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate has teamed up with Genesee Country Village to bring you a version of this cake recipe with a deeper, richer dimension. The 600 acre complex outside of Rochester New York provides an authentic 19th-century environment in which guests interact with knowledgeable interpreters in period-appropriate dress. Trade, craft, and cooking demonstrations occur every day, using period techniques and recipes including Miss Leslie’s 1847 Chocolate Cake.

“Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness” is what defines the three-dimensional autobiography that is Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. This historic site encompasses a house, ornamental landscape, a farm, and revolutionary garden including orchards and vineyards where our third president experimented with hundreds of varieties of fruits and vegetables. In this tradition, the book “Dining at Monticello” may have the oldest American recipe for chocolate ice cream in print. Thomas Jefferson enjoyed ending meals with a creamy dish of ice cream, and so can you! Check out the recipe for Monticello AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate Block Ice Cream.

There aren’t many chocolate recipes more classic than fudge. In our eZine, the New York Historical Society has worked to create a charming take on this classic from the BV Cookery, circa early 19th century using AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate. The New York Historical Society is one of our nation’s premier cultural institutions, dedicated to presenting history by fostering research, staging art exhibition and public programs, and exploring the richly layered history of New York City and State. This AMERICAN HERITAGE Historic Fudge recipe aligns with that mission, and is great for sharing with friends and family.

Old North Church in Boston is home to the sweeter side of the revolution, Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop! This shop is the only one of its kind in New England, exploring the history of chocolate, including how it was produced and consumed during the American colonial period. You can find costumed interpreters serving an authentic colonial chocolate drink at Captain Jackson’s, and follow the blog From the Hearth & Home of Mrs. Newark Jackson where you can find tasty morsels of American history and new recipes, including our Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.

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