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America has a long history with chocolate. And if you’re traveling, you could combine your love of chocolate with history AND a demonstration! Read on to learn more about The AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate story.
The AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate story began two decades ago when an international team of historians assiduously researched and crafted a recipe rooted in the 18th century and drawing from chocolate’s rich history stretching back 3,500 years to ancient Mesoamerica, where chocolate was consumed as drink, to its place as a confection in the lives of European and colonial American families, the chocolate story continues to evolve today. This summer, AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate has teamed up with some of America’s most important historic sites celebrating a shared history, and a passion for chocolate, to produce refreshing versions of classic recipes — and some new surprises. The summer will be filled with chocolate treats, cacao-themed historical demos, and delicious tastings. If you plan on visiting any of the nation’s historic sites this July, you and your family can learn more about our nation’s history through the lens of chocolate.
AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate E-Zine
Perfect for National Ice Month and all of your summer celebrations, Monticello AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate Block Ice Cream is a delicious gem from the book Dining at Monticello and may be the oldest American recipe for chocolate ice cream in print. Guests to Thomas Jefferson’s White House reported our third president enjoyed ending meals with a creamy dish of ice cream. This along with other fantastic historical recipes and fun chocolate history facts will be available on July 2 when AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate launches an E-Zine, available to anyone who registers to receive one at www.americanheritagechocolate.com. Think chocolate fudge from New York Historical Society’s archives that calls for butter the size of an egg and cake from Genesee Country Village Museum that is credited with being the oldest in the US. And did you know that although Thomas Jefferson didn’t invent ice cream, he did make it famous?
Monticello AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate Block Ice Cream
- 8 tablespoons AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate Block
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 large egg yolks
- Finely grate AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate Block onto a sheet of wax paper. Stir together the milk, cream and vanilla bean in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently.
- Add the sugar and a small pinch of salt, stirring until dissolved. Gradually pour in the grated chocolate, stirring constantly, and continue stirring until completely melted.
- Whisk the egg yolks in a medium bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in about 1 cup of the hot chocolate milk and slowly stir the egg yolks back into the simmering liquid. Cook, stirring constantly, until the custard is thickened enough to coat the back of the spoon. Remove from the heat and stir until slightly cooled, about 5 minutes. Remove the vanilla bean (it can be rinsed, dried and re-used).
- Freeze in an ice-cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions until set but still a little soft. Scoop into a 3-quart mold, or several smaller molds, running the spatula through the ice cream and tapping the mold firmly to remove any air bubbles. Fill the molds completely. Cover and freeze until set, about 2 to 4 hours. The ice cream may also be set without molding it: scoop it into a freezer-safe container and freeze until set.
- To serve molded ice cream, dip the mold briefly in hot water, or wrap briefly in a towel heated in a clothes dryer. Run a knife around the top edge to loosen the ice cream from the mold. Invert the mold over a serving dish and gently lift the mold from the ice cream. If not molded, serve in small scoops.
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AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate Demos and Tastings
And if you happen to be traveling throughout the northeast this July, you can learn more about our nation’s history through the lens of chocolate when AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate will offer demos and tastings at some of the nation’s most historic sites including the Smithsonian, National Archives, Old North Church and Fort Ticonderoga. Dates and activities are below.
Old North Church – Boston, MA
- Dates: Jun. 30 and Jul. 1
- What: On both Saturday and Sunday, children’s hands-on chocolate demonstration
National Archives – Washington, DC
- Dates: Jun. 30 and Jul. 1
- What: Chocolate demonstrations led by Chocolate Historian Dave Borghesani
Smithsonian National Museum of American History – Washington, DC
- Dates: Jun. 30 and Jul. 1
- What: Chocolate demonstration
Genesee Country Village & Museum – Mumford, NY
- Dates: July 7 & 8
- What: Chocolate demonstrations, tastings and workshops led by Chocolate Historian Dave Borghesani
Fort Ticonderoga – Ticonderoga, NY
- Dates: Jul. 21 & 22
- What: Chocolate demonstration led by Chocolate Historian Dave Borghesani
Tonya Denmark is a busy mom of two children. She loves planning travel, road trips, 80’s movies, and coffee. She’s been detail obsessed for as long as she can remember and brings her best finds and travel advice to the Detail Oriented Traveler.