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January 29, 2010

CW's Historic Foodways programs demonstrate how to make chocolate in the 18th-century tradition

Show your Valentine how chocolate was made in the 18th century. Colonial Williamsburg’s program, Secrets of the Chocolate Maker, demonstrates how raw cocoa beans are processed into chocolate and discusses its uses in 18th-century cooking. The program is presented by Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Foodways journeymen in the historic Governor’s Palace Kitchen, using reproduction period kitchen tools. The program takes place at 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, Feb. 2. The programs also are offered March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7. A Colonial Williamsburg admission pass provides access to enjoy these programs.

Indulge your sweet tooth and a taste for history with Colonial Williamsburg’s American Heritage Chocolate. This product line offers chocolate sticks, a chocolate block and a chocolate drink mix.

Mars Incorporated and Colonial Williamsburg have partnered with other museums to create the Mars American Heritage line of chocolate products available at Colonial Williamsburg’s Craft House, Tarpley’s Store, Greenhow Store, the Raleigh Tavern Bakery and WILLIAMSBURG Revolutions in Colonial Williamsburg’s Visitor Center.

American Heritage Chocolate has been designed and developed as closely as possible to 18th-century chocolates eaten and consumed as a drink for pleasure and used by the armies as rations.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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