National Chocolate Day was on October 28, 2017 and I am pretty sure I had chocolate on that day. I could not imagine a world without chocolate. The day may have passed, but there is always time to celebrate chocolate.
How would we cope without chocolate in our life? Find out with Chocolate Historian, Dave Borghesani in ‘A Day Without Chocolate.
Dave’s insights on how cacao beans were used as form of currency dating back to the Aztec Empire, Christopher Columbus discovered America AND chocolate, bringing cacao beans back to the Spanish court in the early 1500s, George Washington drank “chocolate cream” at breakfast, Benjamin Franklin sold chocolate in his print shop, or chocolate has traditionally been included in military provisions throughout history will fascinate your readers as well as provide for dinner party conversation for weeks to come.
Dave Borghesani is the chocolate history research manager for Mars Wrigley Confectionery. Dave has worked with the AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate team for over four years, researching and telling the story of chocolate and the role that it has played in the history of societies for over 3,500 years. Dave has spoken to groups at historic sites such as Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, the Smithsonian Institution American History, the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Archives, the Betsy Ross House, and more, tracing how chocolate made its way from the Amazon to households of pre-colonial era Americans. Chocolate has been a part of the fabric of American lives for over 300 years.
Although National Chocolate Day has passed I will be using my American Heritage Chocolate in many of my holiday recipes.
For years I have been wanting to make fudge. Now that I have American Heritage Chocolate and their wonderful recipes I think I will make some fudge.
Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge
This easy no bake treat is sure to wow your guests! Sweet layers of chocolate fudge with cranberries, marshmallow and almond flakes.
Recipe Yield: 12 squares
Active Time: 15 minutes
Additional Cooking Time: 4 hours set time / overnight
1 cup AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate Drink Mix
1 can Condensed Milk
1 cup White Chocolate Chips
1 cup Mini Marshmallows
1 cup Cranberries
½ cup Slivered Almonds
- In a microwave-safe bowl; combine white chocolate chips with 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk.
- In a separate bowl; combine dark chocolate powder with remaining sweetened condensed milk.
- Line a square 9×9 pan with baking paper and generously grease with butter.
- Microwave dark chocolate in 10 second intervals for 60 seconds or until fully melted and smooth.
- Mix in the cranberries and transfer mixture into prepared pan and quickly spread into an even layer.
- Microwave white chocolate 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. Spread mixture on top of dark chocolate layer.
- Top with mini marshmallows or slivered almonds and lightly press down for it to stick.
- Refrigerate at least 4 hours to set.
- Remove the fudge gently from the baking paper.
- Cut fudge into bite sized pieces and serve.
If you like this recipe there are many more on the American Heritage site.