Many people enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with breakfast each morning, but in colonial America, chocolate was also a popular breakfast drink that was enjoyed at local coffeehouses or at home before beginning the day. George Washington often drank a cup of chocolate alongside his favorite breakfast of cornmeal hoe cakes with butter and honey.
Unlike coffee and tea, chocolate didn’t just provide a bit of caffeine to wake up those who drank it. It was also rich and satisfying enough to serve as a breakfast itself. For an even heartier chocolate breakfast, additional ingredients were stirred into the chocolate while it was being prepared. Milk, eggs, bread crumbs, or slices of bread were commonly added to chocolate to make it more filling.
If you’re interested in making 18th century chocolate a part of your morning, it can also be added to a more modern breakfast favorite, pancakes. You can make historic chocolate chunk pancakes using your favorite pancake batter recipe. All you’ll need is an American Heritage Historic Chocolate Block.
Start by roughly chopping the chocolate block into small chunks. Each American Heritage chocolate block is divided into three sections. One third of a block breaks up into enough chocolate chunks to make about five small or three medium chocolate filled pancakes. Cut up more or less chocolate depending on how many pancakes you’re making and how much chocolate you’d like in each one.
Once your pancake batter is ready, gently fold in the chocolate chunks. Cook the pancakes until they’re golden brown and serve them hot from the griddle. The chocolate chunks will be perfectly melted and gooey when you cut into them. The spiced chocolate flavor transforms these pancakes into a rich breakfast treat, and the 18th century recipe of American Heritage Chocolate makes them the perfect way to add a sweet taste of history to your morning.