Celebrate our nation's Founding Fathers with the Nation Builders Chocolate Gift Set. Featuring delectable squares of milk chocolate, the gift set features images of many familiar faces, including Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton, to name a few. A silky gold ribbon tops everything off with a flourish.
- Milk chocolate squares and truffles
- Gift box included
- Made in USA
- WILLIAMSBURG exclusive!
Store in a cool, dry environment.
Ben Franklin recommended chocolate as a cure for smallpox in Poor Richard’s Almanac of 1761; Doctor Benjamin Rush did the same in his medical texts. Thomas Jefferson thought chocolate would overtake tea and coffee as the American beverage of choice. In a letter of November 27, 1785, to John Adams he wrote, “The superiority of chocolate, both for health and nourishment, will soon give it the preference over tea and coffee in America which it has in Spain.” In this he was mistaken. Chocolate drinking would soon decline in favor of chocolate eating. By the late eighteenth century, a very few, very wealthy Americans were eating chocolate as food. Not the creamy sort of milk chocolate candy bars we know today—those would not exist until the nineteenth century—this rather gritty chocolate was shaved and cooked into puddings, pies, and tarts and served as a side dish at dinner. It was also mixed into creams and ice creams and almond-shaped candies and served at the finest tables as part of the dessert course.
WARNING: May contain wheat, peanuts and other tree nuts.