The Fourth of July is quickly approaching, and along with that comes the echo of fireworks, plenty of parades, and an abundance of barbecues.
If you’re looking for a sweet reason to celebrate with chocolate on the Fourth of July, we’ve got quite a few!
Chocolate has a rich (and creamy) history throughout the world, specifically in the United States. Although it is hard to pinpoint where chocolate began, it’s clear that chocolate brought the people immense joy the instant it was discovered.
Chocolate first surfaced in North America by a Spanish ship, arriving in Florida in 1641 with chocolate crates. Chocolate quickly took off in the American Colonies, Boston included. In fact, Boston had chocolate houses around 1700 and there is documentation of chocolate being imported into Boston.
The demand for chocolate quickly increased and by 1737, newspapers were advertising for a hand-operated machine that could make produce chocolate in mass quantities. However, many people first consumed chocolate through drinking it because it was a more affordable way to consume it.
Many United States presidents quickly fell for chocolate, ordering it in large quantities. George Washington ordered his first chocolates in 1758 to serve to his guests for breakfast and continued to place orders for chocolate until his passing. Thomas Jefferson started consuming chocolate in 1786, believing that it would eventually outshine coffee or tea as a liquid beverage.
Eventually, liquid chocolate turned into “eating chocolate,” first mastered in 1879 by Rodolphe Lindt. Chocolate continued to change the world and it is now an industry worth 40 billion dollars in the United States alone. Americans, on average, eat roughly a half a pound a month. (Lucky for us!)
One thing we believe that pairs really well with chocolate is sweet, savory ice cream. Hilliards Chocolates is currently producing homemade ice cream at our Easton Ice Cream Parlor. We serve homemade ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet to curb any creamy cravings. Looking to cool down this holiday weekend? Come indulge with us!
Happy Fourth of July from Hilliards Chocolates, have a safe and fun holiday weekend.