American Heritage Chocolate: Rich in Flavor and History!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for American Heritage Chocolate. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. 

I have been trying to use more all-natural ingredients in my cooking, especially my baking.  It's not that I'm super conscious about the healthful aspect of it; I just really enjoy the flavors of purer foods.  When it comes to chocolate, I was happy to learn about a product that is made with all-natural ingredients and free of preservatives: American Heritage Chocolate!

Made by Mars Chocolate North America, this chocolate line is a semi-sweet chocolate that can easily be substituted for the chips, powder, or bars used in your favorite recipes.  Its 63% cocoa formula gives it a super-rich, genuine flavor that really kicks up the quality of your creations!  I was recently asked by them to create a recipe, and chose to use their products to create a very easy chocolate sauce for topping ice cream, cakes, and more.

Here is a photo of my Spicy Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Sauce creation (I put in on ice cream and topped with nuts!)... you can find the recipe at the American Heritage Chocolate Website:

If you're not familiar with cooking with real chocolate, it's important to watch your recipes carefully to prevent burning or scorching.  If done correctly, however, you'll end up with a much more "deep" dessert -- certainly deserving to be served during the holidays!

One thing to note is that American Heritage Chocolate puts the emphasis on the unique history behind chocolates in the United States.  In fact, it's made from ingredients that were available during the 1750's (a long time ago!), including cinnamon, nutmeg, chili pepper, orange, anise, and vanilla -- favorites among early colonials.  (To get a better idea of the "history" of this chocolate -- and our country -- check out this interactive timeline!)  I found it fascinating that chocolate has been enjoyed as a drink for over 3,000 years!

To see some of the delicious ways you can use this chocolate, check out their awesome Pinterest board.  I guarantee that the recipes only look masterful; anyone should be able to pull off these flavors!

Want to get your hands on this chocolate?  It's available for sale at over 130 living museums in the US and Canada!