History tasted delicious today at the National Archives as we hosted a special program on cooking and chocolate in colonial America. (It’s the last month of food programming in honor of “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” which closes in early January.)
Taylor Stoermer, Senior Historian at Colonial Williamsburg, moderated panelists Stephen A. McLeod, editor of Dining with the Washingtons, Mary V. Thompson, Research Historian at Mount Vernon, Rodney Snyder, Mars Chocolate History Research Director, and B.L. Trahos, Open Hearth Cooking Instructor for Gunston Hall’s eighteenth-century historic foodways program.
After the program there was a book sale and signing of Dining with the Washingtons and a historic chocolate-making demonstration. Little cups of chocolate were handed around to visitors who wanted to try what hot chocolate used to taste like! (We can confirm it was much spicier than you think!)
The program was presented in partnership with Mount Vernon, Mars Historic Chocolate Division, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.