Colonial chocolate and beer-making featured in CW

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April 7, 2009

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Beer and chocolate — staples of the eighteenth century diet — are the focus of two programs in Colonial Williamsburg this spring.

“The Secrets of the Chocolate Maker” will illustrate the process of chocolate-making in colonial America. During that era, chocolate was viewed as a necessity and was included in army rations.

Mars, Incorporated is working with CW to provide chocolate bars that closely resemble those produced in the eighteenth century. “The Secrets of the Chocolate Maker” program, which began in 2001, has been featured in magazines, the Food Network and the National Academy of Sciences.

“The Art and Mysteries of Brewing” explores colonial beer production. Beer was more sanitary than water in colonial America, and was a common beverage at every meal. The program in CW will feature eighteenth century recipes for several beers.

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