Historical tidbits about chocolate in the U.S.A.in honor of Independence Day!

  • The first known import of cocoa to the U.S was on the Spanish ship "Nuestra Senora del Rosario del Carmen" arriving in St. Augustine , FL. in 1641.
  • By 1660 cocoa exports from Jamaica to Boston, were common.
  • The French attempted and failed, to grow cocoa plants in the Mississippi Delta.
  • As refining and manufacturing of cocoa into drinking chocolate increased it became affordable to all and a popular drink at cafes through out the colonies.
  • CHOCOLATE HELPED SOLDIERS WIN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR1( by giving them the energy needed to do their job) with the help of the Continental Congress who imposed price controls to ensure enough supply for military rations.