Posted by: hearttohearthcookery | February 4, 2010

From Bitter Seed to Chocolate!

Susan at the metate

Susan making chocolate liquor

 February is one of my favorite months as it has become for me a month of chocolate demonstrations, workshops and lectures.  My power point slide presentation Chocolate: From Cacao to Chocolate is one of my most frequently requested programs.  In my research on chocolate in search of more information on the beverage favored by William Penn, I traveled to England.  I had equipment reproduced so that I could prepare chocolate in the fashion of a chocolatier.  But I had a goal, I wanted to actually visit the area in which chocolate first was produced and I did!  I was part of a research group that spent ten days studying the Mayan and chocolate in Mexico.  We gathered achiote, visited cacao plantations, participated in Mayan chocolate rituals and took many pictures.  With these pictures and experiences, I am able to bring the chocolate story to life.

Information on the chocolate lecture can be found on my website at .  Just click on the lecture tab.

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