What better way to start the holiday and winter season than with a cup of hot chocolate. The aroma of chocolate wafts in the air as this presentation connects the cultural use of chocolate from Meso-America to Europe and back to colonial America and Pennsylvania. Learn the basics of cacao cultivation, harvesting, and fermentation. Examine Mayan, Aztec and European artifacts to compare and contrast chocolate in different societies and explore the place of chocolate in Pennsylvania. Participants have the opportunity to grate "chocolate cakes" and make and sample an historic chocolate beverage. Light refreshments will be served.
Susan McLellan Plaisted is a food researcher and historian, as well as a board certified pediatric dietitian with a Master's Degree in Health Education.
This program is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.