1893 text

Chocolate was introduced into England about the year 1652. In the “Publick Advertiser” of Tuesday, June 16-22, 1657, we find the following; “In Bishopsgate Street in Queen’s Head Alley, at a Frenchman’s house, is an excellent West India drink called chocolate, to be sold, where you may have it ready at any time, and also unmade at reasonable rates.”—M. B.

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Laura Brown   Link to this

Chocolate in Pepys' day

Chocolate at this time would have been drunk, not eaten. It was a relative newcomer to Britain, having been brought from South America only in the previous century. It was often drunk in establishments called chocolate houses, and was thought to improve the health.

Mary   Link to this

A rich drink.

At this stage chocolate was a drink rich in fat, as it was made from whole chocolate, containing the full complement of natural cocoa-butter. Much later (19th century) the cocoa-butter was extracted for the confectionery trade.

In Pepys' time the beverage tended to be further enriched by the addition of eggs, sack and/or spices. It must have resembled a sort of chocolate-flavoured egg-nog.

dirk   Link to this

The Natural History of Chocolate, by D. de Quelus, 1730


dirk   Link to this

"Chocolate at this time would have been drunk, not eaten."

Therefore, also have a look at:

Michael Robinson   Link to this

From MARS, a recreation of the C17th. "American Heritage Chocolate. It’s handcrafted chocolate inspired by an authentic colonial recipe – made with all-natural ingredients and no preservatives."

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The description of an intrepid researcher & taster:

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