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An Exploration of Chocolate in Colonial America

An Exploration of Chocolate in Colonial America

Instructor: Presenter: Claire Carlson
Course time(s): 42356 SEE 264-10: Th, 3/29, 2:00–4:00 pm
$10.00
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Senior Symposia classes are offered to ages 50 and older. Unless otherwise noted, all classes take place at GCC's downtown building, 270 Main Street in Greenfield.

Chocolate lovers everywhere may feel gratitude toward the ancient Maya and Aztecs, who first discovered cacao. Introduced to Europe by early Spanish explorers, cacao – or chocolate – quickly became a popular import in high demand with affluent citizens. It soon made its way to North America as a breakfast drink, as nourishment for invalids, and for military rations. New research will highlight the use of chocolate in local history through an exploration of Deerfield account books from the 1700s. Claire Carlson will also explore the botany of the cacao tree and how cacao beans are transformed into chocolate. The talk will include a sampling of American Heritage Chocolate provided by  the Mars Candy Company.

Claire Carlson is the Education Program Coordinator at Historic Deerfield. She holds a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from UMass Amherst.  She is the manager of Historic Deerfield’s Open Hearth Cooking Program and a member of the Colonial Chocolate Society. 

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