American Heritage Chocolate is a new line from the folks at Mars that “allows us to take a sweet bite out of history.” They claim “historic and modern recipe interpretations” that are made using colonial methods.
Above photo courtesy of Mars
I got sent an old-timey looking wooden crate full of free samples: some chocolate sticks and a giant chocolate block. The chocolate sticks came packaged in a rustic-looking muslin drawstring bag.
The ingredients list is refreshingly basic: chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, spices, natural flavors, annatto, salt. The label notes that it’s all natural, with no preservatives, and my press pack names the spices as cinnamon, nutmeg, chili pepper, orange, and vanilla.
The bag contained four cocoa powder-covered sticks, each about the size of a stick of classroom chalk (is that even a valid reference point these days?). The press pack suggested eating it as-is or stirring it into a hot drink. I went with the former.
The sticks had a sharp break with a smooth melt that lacked creaminess. They also smelled just like bubblegum. I wasn’t okay with that… Fortunately, they didn’t taste like it!
Instead, they had a nice, deep richness with a slight spice burn and an innocuous astringency. The chocolate tasted sweetly fruity. Then, the flavor of cinnamon spices came through and lingered to the finish.
The chocolate block was a solid 5.13 oz bar that was too daunting to bite into. Since the ingredients list was the same as that of the sticks, I’m going to assume that it’s the same as the sticks and not review the block today. Instead, I’m going to save it for grating into hot cocoa once the weather gets colder.
I appreciate that Mars has been thinking out of the box – taking the retro trend to the extreme, if you will. And I appreciate the unique flavor of the chocolate. An OM.
b) I loved the crazy juxtoposition/trade-off. You can have clean water to drink and all its associated benefits, but we’re also going to market sugary, potentially obesity-causing sugary sodas to you. Is that ironic? I’m afraid to declare it so…
Here’s his fact, reproduced below:
“I was going to leave this comment before I saw the bit about the Sour Patch Kids… My mind was blown a little, if that’s possible, recently when I learned how important PepsiCo and other corporations that seem Evil & Dangerous are to providing clean water around the world. I wish I could find a source for my first reading this (let’s be honest, it was probably MetaFilter), but the gist is that to make Pepsi anywhere, you need clean water. PepsiCo wants to sell its products, and it’ll do what it can to get the necessary materials. Helping out people in developing nations is a nice side effect of that. A little googling provides this from PepsiCo: http://onboarding.pepsico.com/Purpose/Environment/Water.html”
In other news, the Taza Chocolate Factory is offering a special Trick or Treat tour this Saturday! I can’t find mention of it online, but details were in their email newsletter, reproduced below:
“We’re celebrating our first Halloween at the Taza Factory Store. Come down to 561 Windsor Street on Saturday [October 30] from 11am – 5pm for Taza Trick or Treat Day!”
They’ll have free deep, dark espresso-style hot chocolate and some limited-edition Halloween treats for sale. And adults and kids who come in costume get a free treat. Sounds like a fun Saturday outing!