Chocolate: New World Meets Old World

Nov 18 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

701 S. Broadway
San Augustine  Texas  75972

A chocolate pot and other ingredients for making chocolate

Chocolate! We all love it and enjoy it, but the chocolate of 300 years ago was quite different from our modern Hershey's bars. This program will cover the history of chocolate in Spanish exploration and its transitions over time. Originally described by a Spaniard as "fit only for pigs," the Spanish managed to change chocolate into the item we all know and love. This true combination of New and Old World culinary ingredients and techniques is a hallmark of Spanish colonial activity throughout North America, including Spanish missions like Mission Dolores.

During the program, we will focus on "drinking chocolate". For hundreds of years, people drank chocolate rather than ate chocolate. Visitors will experience first hand how chocolate, spices, and other ingredients are transformed into historic Spanish hot chocolate, much different than hot chocolate today. Samples provided depending on attendance.

This event is suitable for all ages and is offered at no cost.