Thursday, December 13, 2018

Just in Time for the Holidays...AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate Introduces New Tasting Squares, Tablet Bars, Finely Grated Chocolate, and Gourmet Hot Cocoa (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

I am loving this time of year, as I get to spend as much time in the kitchen as I want, as my family knows they get to reap the benefits...of tasty treats and desserts I bake up. And, now that my girls are older, they also like rolling up their sleeves and helping me bake and learn recipes that were taught to me by my mother and Italian grandmother, or try their hand at recipes they find in their magazines.  And, this month is house is all about cookies, cookies and more cookies.  The girls have a few cookie swaps they are going to next week, so we have been busy trying out recipes and finding the perfect selection of cookies to swap and share with friends.  While my waistline isn't happy with me right now, I can't help but smile seeing my girls get excited about baking, which is a love of mine...and, seeing them all proud of themselves when their cookies and treats come out perfectly and taste delicious.  :-)

Yesterday, I wasn't planning on baking, as we spent the weekend making cupcakes, brownies and a few other tasty treats.  But, we received a box of samples from AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate with some of their new products, which included  their Milk Chocolate Gourmet Hot Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Finely Grated Chocolate and a few of their Dark Chocolate Tasting squares (now a weakness of mine).

As soon as the girls saw this, they asked me what we were going to bake up.  How could I say, "No?"  We ended up making chocolate peanut butter filled cookies and chocolate drop cookies using the AMERICAN HERITAGE®  Dark Chocolate finely grated chocolate, which has a new look and recipe.  Once the flour cleared in the kitchen this is what we were left with. :-)

I wish I had snapped a photo of the chocolate peanut butter filled cookies, but the girls were quick to eat them up, which I was removing the drop cookies to cool.  I guess we will be making more of these, especially for our cookie plate for Santa.

Yum!...I am getting hungry just looking at these cookies, as I know they are delicious and pair well with a cold glass of milk, or double dipped in a hot cup of Gourmet Hot Cocoa made from the new AMERICAN HERITAGE®  Milk Chocolate Gourmet Hot Chocolate. This gourmet hot chocolate is not like any other hot chocolate I have tried...and, being a hot chocolate fanatic, I have tried a lot!  This gourmet hot chocolate has a hint of vanilla, orange and cinnamon, and is best made with water. I usually make my hot chocolate by warming milk on a stove top and whisking in my hot chocolate mixes, but I found with this one that it is surprisingly much creamier with water.

After our afternoon of baking, my girls and I settled in on the couch with a mug of AMERICAN HERITAGE's gourmet hot chocolate, and a plate of cookies we made with their dark chocolate finely grated chocolate, and watched a few holiday movies.  It was funny, as we watched the movies and saw families baking cookies and that, my girls would turn to me and say, "We need to make that."  I guess we have a few more cookie recipes to try out before our big cookie swaps next week.  And, it is good we have a bag of AMERICAN HERITAGE® Gourmet Hot Chocolate on hand so we can dip our cookies in, as we watch more holiday movies, counting down to Santa's arrival.

Here is one recipe we will be making this afternoon after our homeschooling, which I found over at the recipes section found over at  AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate  website here:

If you are a chocoholic like me, or like to bake, then you will want to check out the new products from AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate , which are sold in over 100 living history sites, museums and specialty gift shops nationwide as well as on Amazon.

Here is more about AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate and their product offering, just in time for all your winter baking, gifting and chocolate drink indulgences. 

"AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate is thrilled to introduce the brand’s newest products and packaging including Tasting Squares, Tablet Bars, Finely Grated Chocolate, and Gourmet Hot Cocoa.

Tasting Squares - Just the thing for when you want a satisfying bite, but not an entire bar. With rich layers of taste and a hint of spice, one square is a delicious treat!

Tablet Bars - Looking for a unique chocolate experience that can literally take you back in time? The chocolate is inspired by recipes from the 1700's. One bite is like having a tasty history lesson. Test your skills and see if you can guess what spices we’ve used.

Finely Grated Chocolate - Ready to enjoy a new chocolate experience? Whether baking a gift for friends, or experimenting with a prized family recipe, our Finely Grat­ed Chocolate is your perfect partner in the kitchen. An artisanal dark chocolate, the intriguing taste will surprise and delight you.

Gourmet Hot Cocoa - There is nothing more satisfying then a rich cup of hot cocoa. The Gourmet Hot Cocoa blend provides a creamy yet spicy taste experience that is literally unlike anything you’ve ever tried before. A unique combination of ingredients means that every sip is perfectly designed to satisfy.

Products feature: no preservatives, no artificial ingredients, Kosher, Rain Forest Alliance™ Certified, and 57% Cocoa.

For some baking inspiration, AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate has partnered with Le Coucou Executive Pastry Chef Daniel Skurnick to highlight the unique flavor profile of the products and distinctive ease of use in four delicious seasonal recipes found here –

If you are not already familiar with AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate, the brand has a unique place in the history of Mars Wrigley Confectionery and in the hearts and minds of people all over America who appreciate an artisanal, authentic approach to making and celebrating chocolate. Conceived of, and crafted by, a dedicated team of historians, AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate is the result of painstaking years of research by a multidisciplinary team of more than 115 experts from around the globe. Culled from the archives of some of the most venerated historic institutions, libraries and private collections in America, and in consultation with leaders in food history - from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the passionate team has developed a chocolate product with a flavor profile drawn directly from the annals of chocolate’s historic past. What makes AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate unique is how it taps into the stories of our collective past - from chocolate’s Mesoamerican roots, dating back over 3,500 years, to its place in the lives of European and Colonial American families. AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate also enjoys an ongoing relationship with National Geographic Books. In 2018, they published The Educator’s Guide Great Moments in World History: Global Stories Where Chocolate Sparked Discovery, Innovation, and Imagination! The Guide is a new STEM-based, 14-week curriculum published by National Geographic Books in partnership with Mars Wrigley Confectionery, Food Historians and leading foodways experts from historical sites across North Amer­ica. As a charitable partner, 2018 marks the year AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate launched its support of First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise focused on equal access to quality education for kids in need. AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate partnered with First Book to create special teacher appreciation packages for educators serving children in low income communities across the U.S."

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

1 comment :

  1. These sound delicious! The Gourmet Hot Cocoa would be perfect for this cold weather!