Independence Day is quickly approaching, and we’re busy preparing for our annual holiday celebrations at Captain Jackson’s. If you’re in Boston for the holiday, visit us at Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop and the Old North Church for fun and festive events each day of Harborfest. If your preparations for the Fourth of July include planning a holiday menu, we have a chocolate recipe that is sure to pair perfectly with your patriotic festivities.
Chocolate has been enjoyed as part of July Fourth celebrations since in the earliest years of the holiday. This event advertisement from 1791 describes a full day of revelry in honor of the country’s newly earned independence:
A CONCERT of Vocal and Instrumental Music will begin on Monday, the glorious 4th of July, at six o’clock in the morning, and conclude at ten at night, should the day be fair, to celebrate American Independence. Songs, with harmony and martial music, in honor of the day, will be performed. In order to furnish the public with refreshments, tea, coffee, and chocolate, and fruits of the season, will be ready for breakfast.
If you would like to include chocolate in your Independence Day celebration, American Heritage Historic Chocolate, which recreates the 18th century chocolate flavor that the founding fathers would have enjoyed, is the perfect match for a patriotic holiday. Our historic chocolate popsicles use American Heritage Historic Chocolate to make a cool and refreshing treat that’s guaranteed to be a favorite at any backyard party. These popsicles are made by freezing our 18th century milk chocolate recipe, which combines the rich spiced flavor of 18th century chocolate with just the right amount of sugar and milk to create a sweet and creamy frozen dessert. One taste and you may decide to keep a batch of these in your freezer all summer long.
Historic chocolate popsicles can be made using any popsicle mold or ice tray. The simple recipe is easy to scale to the size of your mold and the quantity of popsicles you need. This recipe makes about 3 cups of liquid milk chocolate or 8 small popsicles.
- ½ cup American Heritage Historic Chocolate Drink Mix
- 2 cups + 2 teaspoons milk
- ¼ cup white refined sugar
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Stir cornstarch into 2 teaspoons of cold milk until completely dissolved. Set aside.
- In a large sauce pot, bring 2 cups of milk to a simmer over medium heat.
- Stir chocolate, sugar, and salt into milk. Whisk continuously until all ingredients are completely dissolved.
- Return to a simmer and stir in cornstarch mixture. Reduce heat to low and whisk constantly for three minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to stand until cooled to room temperature.
- Pour milk chocolate into popsicle molds. Insert sticks and place in freezer until completely frozen.
- To serve, run molds under cool water until popsicles easily slide out of molds. Enjoy!
Happy Fourth of July from everyone at Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop!