Posted by: hearttohearthcookery | February 4, 2010

From Bitter Seed to Chocolate!

Susan at the metate

Susan making chocolate liquor


This is one of my favorite months for food history!!!!!!!!!!  With Valentine’s Day in this month, I do many chocolate programs-workshops, power point lectures, and demonstrations.  The chocolate lecture-Chocolate-From Cacao Bean to Chocolate is fun with every audience of all ages.  I research primary references, roast cacao beans and process the different types in chocolate and try many many authentic, historic receipts (recipes) using the 100% cacao chocolate.  But in addition, I have to go to the source.  My goal was to visit cacao plantations in Mexico and I have been there.  I was part of a ten day research tour that was specifically studying the Mayan usage of cacao.  We gathered the achiote, visited cacao plantations , and participated in Mayan cacao rituals.  And most importantly I brought back many pictures and information to share with audiences. 

2/6/2010  Annual Chocolate Workshop

2/12/2020  Chocolate- if to be had  12:30 pm lecture at Stenton in Philadelphia

2/13/2020   American Heritage Chocolate Celebration at Historic Deerfield from 10 am to 4 pm.  I will be demonstrating and explaining the process of cacao to chocolate the entire day

2/20/2010  2nd Annual Chocolate Day at the Morris-Jumel House from 1 pm to 4 pm.  I again will be demonstrating chocolate with some hands-on activities.

And if one of these chocolate events does not fit in your schedule, you might want to consider a lecture for one of your organizations or even a workshop!  For more information, visit my website at and click on the lecture tab.

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