This post was sponsored by American Heritage Chocolate as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary product to facilitate my review.
How well do you know your chocolate history? It seems like it's pretty common knowledge that the Mayans enjoyed a beverage similar to hot chocolate as many as 3,500 years ago...
But did you know that the Aztecs actually used cocoa beans as currency? Or that Benjamin Franklin personally supplied the troops with chocolate during the French and Indian War? These are just a few of the fun facts that my kids and I gleaned from the American Heritage Chocolate website.
I first learned about American Heritage Chocolate several years ago at a food blogging conference. I was completely unfamiliar with the brand, so I'm guessing many of you probably are, too. Created by Mars Chocolate North America, American Heritage was designed to help educate consumers about the rich history of chocolate in our nation.
Though the recipe for American Heritage Chocolate is actually from the 1750's, the first record of chocolate in America is from the inventory of a ship that sank just off the coast of St. Augustine, Florida in 1641. It's an authentic dark chocolate that is mildly spicy with a touch of sweetness -- very different from most of the chocolate we're used to enjoying today.
I was especially interested to learn about the variety of spices that were blended in this colonial recipe: cinnamon, nutmeg, chili pepper, orange, anise and vanilla. The chili pepper does give it the slightest touch of heat, and I quite liked that it's not an overly sweet chocolate.
It's not for everyone -- my younger kids were not big fans -- but our little history lesson and taste test made for a fun, educational experience, and I'd totally encourage you to give it a try!
American Heritage Chocolate is now available for a limited time at your local Cracker Barrel! In addition to the Chocolate Bites that I sampled with my kids, they'll also carry several other formats for eating, drinking and baking.
I love to peruse all of the throwback candies and snacks at Cracker Barrel while we're waiting to be seated, and it makes perfect sense that a brand like American Heritage would be a part of their storefront.
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