I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for American Heritage Chocolate. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
Do you know what my first job was as a teenager? Retail chocolate store. Yes. How lucky was I?
I blame this first job for my lifelong chocolate obsession. The kind of obsession where I wrote my high school research papers about chocolate. Pretty much every assignment!
So I know a thing or two about the history of chocolate, but I never knew much about the history of chocolate in America. I was intrigued by the interactive timeline of chocolate history on the American Heritage Chocolate website. Like the fact that M&Ms candies have been included in every space shuttle mission since 1981?
The chocolate we enjoy today doesn’t taste the same as chocolate people might have eaten two hundred years ago. In fact, American Heritage Chocolate, a Mars brand, is based on an authentic historic recipe for chocolate using only ingredients available in the 1750’s.
The result is a certified Kosher, all natural, non preservative chocolate with 63% cacao and a slightly spicy flavor (I like it!). Spices include cinnamon, nutmeg, chili pepper, orange, anise and vanilla. You can find American Heritage Chocolate varieties at 130 living history museums across the US and Canada. I’ll be on the lookout now!
Since receiving my box of yummy American Heritage Chocolate, I’ve been making hot chocolate, baking with chocolate, and (dare I say) simply eating the chocolate! I even tried my hand at a new dessert recipe: Chocolate Crepes! You can check out the recipe here.
I wanted to make chocolate crepes the minute I found out I had to create a recipe from my chocolate. Earlier this year I took a crepe making class and I haven’t really had the chance to make a crepes since. I figured this would be a good chance to practice crepe-making and add my favorite ingredient.
Making crepes is not as hard as it sounds. It’s a little like making pancakes only … thinner!
To make mine chocolate crepes, I just added four tablespoons of American Heritage Chocolate drink mix (incidentally, chocolate was FIRST a drink, not a bar!). I had to fiddle with this until I got a good chocolatey taste. I did add a few teaspoons of sugar to sweeten up the crepe.
- 1 cup flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup American Heritage grated chocolate drink mix
- butter or cooking oil
- Wisk eggs, add milk and water. Whisk in flour and grated chocolate.
- Let rest until bubbles subside (can refridgerate overnight.
- Pour a scant amount into a medium hot omelette pan. Let cook 1-2 minutes or until edges begin to curl. Flip and cool 1 more minute or until light browning appears.
- Optional - fill centers with jam or cream and fold over into thirds.
- Optional - top with whipped cream and serve.
I love the idea of having these chocolate crepes for breakfast, or even dessert! I topped mine with whipped cream, and then micro planed chocolate shavings on top from the American Heritage Chocolate bites. I might have to add strawberries next time!
Chocolate will always be a delicious fascination of mine (and I have a Chocolate Pinterest board!) Learn more about the history of chocolate and find more chocolate recipes on the American Heritage Chocolate website.
Are you a chocolate lover like me? How do you cook / bake with chocolate?