THE CHOCOLATICAL BLOG

December 26, 2016

This week, in celebration of the Christmas holiday and in reverence to the snow and extreme cold, we take a break from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to remember one of the most unique ways chocolate has been memorialized as a winter drink in the United States...

December 13, 2016

Of all the writers on caffeinated drinks, Nicolas de Blégny, first physician to Louis XIV, goes furthest in turning them into a form of sociability. From a writer who did not have firsthand experience in Mesoamerica but did found the first medical journal in France, New...

December 6, 2016

If the first edition of Dufour’s treatise presented itself as an introduction to hot beverage history for an uninitiated elite French audience, the enhanced edition of 1685 expanded its target readership considerably. The New and Curious Treatise on Coffee, Te...

December 1, 2016

Along with women who wrote hot chocolate into cookbooks and letters, cultural critics reporting on  social manners and habits were among the first to herald the age of hot beverages at the French table. Already in cookbooks, which feature recipes ranging from medicinal...

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