There are few people who don’t like chocolate. From the humble supermarket candy bar to gourmet varieties, chocolate is a treat for young and old alike. Food historian Susan McLellan Plaisted agrees and she will be at the Moland House, located just outside of Montco on 1641 Old York Road in Hartsville, on May 12, 2012 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM for its 200 Years of Chocolate event. At this event, she will discuss the history of chocolate and prepare chocolate recipes from 200 years ago.

McLellan Plaisted, a food historian and contributor to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America and Pennsylvania Trail of History Cookbook, will demonstrate how chocolate was prepared in colonial times. As yummy as chocolate is, it wasn’t as readily available 200 years ago as it is today. In fact, it was used as an ingredient in a drink made with water, spices and even chilies. She will make this beverage, as well as discuss the history of chocolate, talk about the theobroma cacao tree, whose seeds are used to make chocolate, provide small samples and answer questions about chocolate and colonial cooking. In addition, there will be modern versions of chocolate to try so that attendees can compare how modern chocolate stacks up with colonial chocolate.

Chocolate is a fascinating subject and here is an opportunity to learn from an expert where it comes from, who first used it, and how it goes from seeds to chocolate as we recognize it today. Come join us to learn about and share the love of chocolate!

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