REVIEW: American Heritage Chocolate

REVIEW:  American Heritage Chocolate

American Heritage Chocolate.

What is that, you ask?

Simply put, it’s an authentic Chocolate based on the recipes from the 1750s – the Colonial Era.

It also happens to be the historic division of MARS! Yes, as in the candy bar company. Haha! In order for MARS to create the historically accurate Chocolate, they consulted with renowned historians, chefs and food historians throughout North America to develop the most authentic colonial Chocolate recipe.

Aw, heck, who am I kidding?  I’m no history buff.  This short video from American Heritage Chocolate will tell you about it a lot better than I can. :)

I hope you enjoyed the video!  I found it pretty fascinating and awesome that MARS took the time to research how the Colonials made Chocolate so we can eat it today.

Lucky us! :)

Now, on to the Chocolates I received…

American Heritage Chocolate Block

As you can see, this is a Chocolate block – literally!  Looks kind of like a brick doesn’t it?

American Heritage Chocolate Block

As the side of the box says, this Chocolate block is to be used for grating and shaving into your favorite recipes.

American Heritage Chocolate Block

Like this!

I decided to experiment with the medium and fine grating.  Looks good, doesn’t it?  It tastes good too!!!  In fact, my daughter sprinkled this grated Chocolate over the homemade waffles I made last weekend and really liked it. And she’s a picky eater, so this is saying a lot. YUM!

Chocolate and waffles?  Who would have thunk?!?

AWESOME!!!

This Chocolate is absolutely wonderful! While the ingredients are simple – Chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, spices, natural flavors, Annatto and salt – it’s the spices that give it a very distinct flavor. The spices – anise, cinnamon, nutmeg, red pepper, orange and vanilla – make it quite addictive!

LOVE IT!!!

Couldn’t stop eating it!!!

YUM!

American Heritage Chocolate Stick

I was also sent two different draw-string bags of Chocolate sticks.  The one above came with one stick.

American Heritage Chocolate Sticks

And this one had four Chocolate sticks.  It’s the same delicious and mildly spicy Chocolate as the Chocolate block, but with the sticks you can stir them in your coffee or hot Chocolate for a fun Chocolaty kick!

Again, LOVE IT!

Chocolate: History, Culture & Heritage

Not only did American Heritage Chocolate send me their fabulous Chocolates, they also sent me this book, ‘Chocolate: History, Culture and Heritage’.

Chocolate: History, Culture & Heritage

To say this book is in-depth is an understatement!!!  I was blown away with its sheer mass - 975 pages! Topics range from: Chocolate’s beginnings, its uses in medicine and recipes, its role in serving and advertising as well as the history of Chocolate throughout the world.

Wow!!!

And this is just a few of the topics it discusses!

Chocolate: History, Culture & Heritage

I want to know as much as possible about Chocolate. I think this book will satisfy my craving for Chocolate knowledge, don’t you think?

Chocolate: History, Culture & Heritage

Of course, the pretty pictures help too. :)

So stay tuned! I’ll be sharing a lot more of this book with you over the next few months.

After all, that’s what I’m here for. To share with you, my fellow Chocolaholic!

If you’d like to learn more about American Heritage Chocolate and their Chocolate, but sure to check out their website. Fascinating company!

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12 Responses to “REVIEW: American Heritage Chocolate”

  1. Lisa — March 22, 2011 @ 8:34 AM (#
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    love the chocolate sticks idea! sounds yummy

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  2. Nina — March 22, 2011 @ 10:07 AM (#
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    Hi Laura,

    Thank you so much for the great post on American Heritage Chocolate! Glad you and your daughter enjoyed it! We also have some great recipes you can try at http://www.americanheritagechocolate.com/html/recipes.htm

    My best,
    Nina
    The Historic Division of MARS Team
    http://www.facebook.com/TheHistoricDivisionofMARS
    http://www.twitter.com/choc_history

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  3. Janessa — March 22, 2011 @ 10:48 AM (#
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    Oh wow that book would be awesome! The chocolate too probably but I’m a book nerd. :)

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  4. Virginia from That Bald Chick — March 22, 2011 @ 1:04 PM (#
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    Those chocolate sticks look so yummy, I practically drooled on my keyboard.
    Virginia
    BTW, I stumbled this post.

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  5. Crystal Reagan — March 22, 2011 @ 4:32 PM (#
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    I find it hard to come to your site and not drool ;)

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  6. Shop with Me Mama (Kim) — March 22, 2011 @ 7:00 PM (#
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    How neat! I love the chocolate sticks too! And as always, love your pictures ;)

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  7. Tammy — March 23, 2011 @ 9:39 AM (#
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    How neat – I’ve never seen anything like that before!

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  8. Gina — March 23, 2011 @ 4:58 PM (#
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    That is so neat!

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  10. Susi — March 24, 2011 @ 8:24 PM (#
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    Very interesting post! I’ve never seen chocolate like this before, but it sounds wonderful!

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  11. Diana — April 11, 2011 @ 7:36 AM (#
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    Love the article Laura so informative!

    Thank you for sharing this wealth of information!

    Diana

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  12. Anonymous — January 11, 2012 @ 11:13 AM (#
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    The products great, I bought some in August 2011 for $5.95, that was the price for it anywhere. Now 5 months later its $7.95 everywhere. I guess Mars Co. figures thats the American way. We’d really be screwed if everyone raised their prices 30%.

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