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Chocolate Detectives: An Historic Deerfield Learning Adventure

Let’s be honest – it’s hard to find anyone that doesn’t like chocolate. Think how fast that office candy dish of chocolate is devoured! And what’s the go-to present for Valentine’s Day? That heart shaped box of chocolate, of course. But how did America come to consume 2.8 billion pounds of chocolate each year? Let us take you on a learning adventure, from the civilizations of the ancient Maya and Aztecs, to Europe and North America, during Historic Deerfield’s “Chocolate Detectives” program, to be held February 11-14, 2019.

Put on your detective hat and delve into the fascinating history of chocolate in early America through a series of demonstrations, lectures, tours, and tastings. You will learn how chocolate got its start as a breakfast beverage and how technology and invention helped to transform it into candy bars and desserts. Discover how we have come to associate chocolate with Valentine’s Day and learn about the origins of the Toll House Cookie. See special equipment such as chocolate pots and cups from the 18th and 19th centuries, used by elite society to drink hot chocolate. You’ll even get the opportunity to participate in a Victorian valentine workshop and enjoy a chocolate themed dinner!

Featuring the following partners:

  • Bob Heiss of Tea Trekkers, who will present The Connoisseurship of Chocolate

  • Dede Wilson, chef and cookbook author, who will discuss The Original Tollhouse Cookie

  • Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke, MA, a Victorian Valentine Workshop

  • Educator Erin Wederbrook Yuskaitis of The Old North Church, Boston, who will talk about Boston's Captain Jackson's Chocolate Shop

  • The Lyman Plant House at Smith College: a visit to view the Cacao Tree in the Jungle Room

Sign up now to become a “Chocolate Detective” during Historic Deerfield’s latest learning adventure. Registration is $795 per person and includes a double occupancy room at the Deerfield Inn for 3 nights (Monday, February 11 to Thursday, February 14), all lectures, demonstrations, and tours, and all meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners). Register online using the button below, download a registration form or call Julie Orvis at (413) 775-7179.