Posted by Caroline on July 21, 1997 at 11:38:20:
Ann made an innocuous but provoking comment down where we were talking about baking soda, to the effect that if they didn't have soda, they wouldn't have chocolate chip cookies. That sent me scurrying back to my recipe lists, and I discovered that, horror of horrors, it appears they did not cook with chocolate at all! I don't have any instructions for making the chocolate drink , although we know they had it. General Tilney liked chocolate for breakfast.Lizzy and Jane pour tea and coffee for their mother's dinner party. (I don't have any instructions for making tea or coffee, either, although they had both. I suppose it was just too mundane to bother writng down)So exactly how did they make hot chocolate? Did they roast their own beans? Did they put'em in a pot with water and boil'em up, cowboy- style, over a fire? At what point did people start adding sugar and milk/cream to tea, coffee, and chocolate? One of JA's neighbours "does not take cream in her tea."And exactly when was Dutched Chocolate invented? When did they start making lumps of the brown stuff? Canada has a "Regency Age" heroine called Laura Secord whose name is used for a brand of chocolate. Austrian chocolates often have little pictures of Mozart on them. But I don't think either Laura or Wolfie knew about eating the stuff! Lydia Bennet wouldn't have had it, either!
This question bugged me so much that I dragged my kids away from the cottage where we were vacationing, and hauled them kicking and screaming into the nearest Hershey factory ;-)(actually it was raining that day, and they didn't mind at all!) None of the tour guides could answer any of these questions. :-( So, I am turning to the itelligent people of this world, i.e the people on this page. Any ideas?
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