American Heritage Chocolate in the past. I made a few recipes and we tried their chocolate on it's own. Now one thing to keep in mind is that this is not chocolate as we know it today. This is made with traditional methods and ingredients just like the colonists and the first American citizens did back in the 18th century. It tastes different and has a different texture. You can use it in traditional recipes -- there are many on the website -- or experiment with it in modern recipes. Your Chocolate Priestess did both for this this, our 4th feature review for the 2011 Winter Holiday season.
Finely Grated Chocolate Drink came in the larger bag above. Inside was a resealable plastic pouch so that the chocolate flakes could stay dry. You can see that some of the grated chocolate has clumped but it wasn't damaged in any way and it all melts very easily in both ways that I tried it. The first was a traditional recipe printed right on the bag for hot chocolate drink. Number one difference is that we use water, you can see it in the pitcher in the photo, and that the chocolate has no milk of any sort. Adding milk or using milk with chocolate is very much a 19th century innovation so Benjamin Franklin didn't have milk with his chocolate.
No-Bake Cookies with Colonial Twist
1/2 cup light butter
2 cups Splenda
1/2 cup skim milk
8oz American Heritage Finely Grated Chocolate Drink
1tsp real vanilla extract
2 cups quick oats
Melt butter and add in sugar and milk. Heat on low until smooth then add chocolate and milk until smooth. Add in vanilla and thoroughly mix. Turn off heat and slowly add in oats, no more than 1 cup at a time and mix well; oats should be completely covered by the chocolate mixture but you need to mix it quickly. Then on a piece of wax paper drop tablespoon amounts of the mixture. You can leaven in rolls or flatten out. Let dry for at least one hour before eating.
Thanksgiving is tomorrow but any day can be a day to journey back into our past. As a historian I think we all need to take the time to think back and really try to connect with those who came before us. American Heritage Chocolate let's us do that with food. This is a more intense and direct way to re-connect so I hope you all give these chocolates a try. You don't have to be American either, because the recipes are likely fairly similar to European chocolate during the 18th century.