I’ll admit it. I love chocolate. Candy bars, cookies, ice cream, lava cake … you name it, I’ll eat it! And I’ll bake with it too. Chocolate is one of those versatile ingredients that has a unique flavor and brings a smile to nearly everyone’s face.

And it’s been that way for centuries. Chocolate’s rich history is intertwined in the stories of our founding fathers, and ultimately, the history of the Americas. American Heritage Chocolate was created by Mars Chocolate North America to help educate consumers about the history of our nation through the engaging story of one of our most beloved foods.

They also created an authentic and historic line of products—based on a recipe from the 1750s—that celebrates chocolate’s important role in the lives of Americans during the 18th century. Made with all-natural ingredients and no preservatives, American Heritage Chocolate is an artisanal dark chocolate containing 63% cacao. Mildly spicy, and slightly sweet, American Heritage Chocolate is flavored with a blend of spices and ingredients available during colonial times, including cinnamon, nutmeg, chili pepper, orange, anise and vanilla. History has never tasted so sweet! And it’s allergy-conscious too. American Heritage Chocolate is Kosher-certified, made without dairy, wheat, peanuts, or tree nuts, and is made in a facility that does not contain peanuts and tree nuts. Check out all their products online.

American Heritage Chocolate can be used in recipes replacing semi-sweet chocolate at a one-to-one ratio in recipes like this decadent chocolate tart:

chocolate tartIngredients:

  • 6 ounce American Heritage Chocolate Block
  • 1 tbsp. rice flour
  • 3 tbsp. white sugar (or to taste)
  • 5 medium egg yolks or 4 large
  • 1 tbsp. whole milk
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1 prepared, frozen 9” pie shell
  • Pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Grate the chocolate into a bowl and set aside.
  2. Combine salt, egg yolks, rice flour and milk in a separate bowl and set aside.
  3. Pour all the cream and the chocolate into a sauce pan and heat to a boil, stirring constantly. Add the sugar and cook until both the sugar and the chocolate are melted.
  4. Take a quarter of a cup of the hot mixture and slowly add to the egg yolk and rice flour mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk, to prevent scrambling.
  5. Stir the warmed egg yolk mixture into the sauce pan and bring all the ingredients to a boil for about a minute. Set aside and allow it to cool to room temperature. While the mixture is cooling, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Pour the chocolate mixture into the frozen pie shell, set it upon a cookie sheet to prevent spillage and bake for 40-45 minutes, until set. Remove from oven and let it cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours, or overnight.

For more historic and modern-day recipes using American Heritage Chocolate, click here.

And if you’re interested in learning more about the history of chocolate, make sure to follow the American Heritage Chocolate Blogger Scavenger Hunt that starts next weekend! America’s favorite bloggers will be sharing their experiences on all of their social channels to tell and rich and engaging American story. Follow them as they chronicle their journey on Twitter and Instagram with the #chocolatehistory hashtag. First stop is Monticello next weekend (September 12/13). After that they will head to George Washington’s Mount Vernon (September 19/20) and Old Salem Museum and Gardens (October 3/4).

Learn more about American Heritage Chocolate on their website, Facebook, and Twitter!

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