Saturday, February 19, 2011

Delicious Drink and Fun Facts for President's Day

President's Day is Monday, February 21st. If your kids are like mine, they will be out of school. Here's a fun way to share a piece of history with your kids on that day:

Unknown to most, Chocolate has had a tangible connection with our forefathers. Prominent figures in Colonial America like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin enjoyed chocolate on a regular basis. It was most commonly consumed as a beverage served during mealtimes, not like candy today. In honor of our past presidents, share a part of history by recreating George Washington’s favorite drink with a recipe from The Historic Division of Mars!

CHOCOLATE DRINK RECIPE (Historic & Modern)

HISTORIC:
Take a Quart of Milk, Chocolate without Sugar four ounces, fine Sugar as much fine Flour, or Starch, half a quarter of an Ounce, a little Salt: mix them, dissolve them, and boil them as before.
MODERN:
Ingredients:

4 oz. whole milk (per serving)


1 oz. American Heritage Finely Grated Chocolate Drink (per serving)

Directions:

Combine both ingredients in a straight-sided one quart sauce pan and bring them to a boil. When the chocolate is melted and well combined, take the pan off the heat.

Using a handheld immersion blender, agitate the hot liquid to achieve a foamy top. Alternately, put the hot mixture into a countertop blender. Press a dry towel down over the cover of a standing blender during mixing to prevent burns or possible injury. Serve immediately.

FUN FACTS:

While residing in Mt. Vernon, George and Martha Washington were well-documented lovers of chocolate. In a letter to his agent, Washington wrote, “She will…thank you to get 20lbs of the shells of Cocoa nuts, if they can be had of the Chocolate makers.” They enjoyed their chocolate in imported white and gold “Save” service and custom cups and saucers.

In 1785, Thomas Jefferson wrote that chocolate would prevail over coffee and tea in terms of American preferences, as it already had in Spain.

In 1794, Benjamin Franklin wrote that chocolate be a part of any provision when going into sea.
He also managed to secure 6 lbs of chocolate for every officer as a special supply during the French and Indian War.

I received no compensation for this post. This post is for informational purposes only, on behalf of the PR agency.

5 comments:

TexaGermaNadian said...

I had no idea those presidents were so into chocolate! Thanks for reminding me that president's day is coming up. They don't really advertise it over here in Germany, lol
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Momstart said...

Oh, that's interesting and I love any type of chocolate drink. I'm going to have to try this recipe, but I'm really not sure where to find that chocolate drink to mix with the milk. It does sound good though!

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Nikki said...

Thank you for sharing these fun facts with your readers! You can also find other delicious recipes at: http://www.americanheritagechocolate.com/recipes

Happy President's Day!

Nikki
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Alexis AKA MOM said...

How fun, love this post. A yummy and some history :)