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  • Thomas Jefferson's Hot Chocolate

    Posted on January 15, 2016


    Thomas Jefferson once wrote to his pal John Adams and predicted that hot chocolate would surpass coffee and tea to become the favored beverage of Americans.


    Tom's prediction didn't come to pass, but he was definitely onto something, because hot chocolate is still a favorite wintertime's drink in the U.S. And he wasn't the only founding father with a sweet tooth for the chocolatey treat; George Washington reportedly drank warm chocolate cream with breakfast.



    For thousands of years, chocolate was consumed only as a beverage because Americans didn't know yet how to transform cacao beans into chocolate bars.


    Today, there's several ways of making and enjoying hot chocolate. I would advise, however, resisting the urge to make hot chocolate with one of those packages of powdered mix and try Thomas Jefferson's recipe below, from the website Tastebook. This hot chocolate is extra tasty when sipped from my Collector's Copper Cup or Jack's Moscow Mule Cup. Enjoy!


    Thomas Jefferson's Hot Chocolate


    2 1/2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate

    1/2 cup cold water

    Pinch salt

    3/4 cup sugar

    1 cup heavy cream

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Hot milk


    1. In a heavy saucepan, combine the chocolate and water over medium heat, and cook until the chocolate is melted, smooth, and thick, whisking out any lumps.

    2. Add the salt and sugar and continue cooking and whisking until both are dissolved.

    3. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

    4. In a chilled bowl, whip the cream and vanilla extract together. Stir in the cooled chocolate mixture.

    5. Transfer to a container and store in the fridge. Add a heaping tablespoon of the mixture (or to taste) to one cup of hot milk to make the hot chocolate.


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  • A Lil' Nod To the 'Nog!

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    This isn't one of my favorite times of the year just because of the grand cheer, twinkly lights, and snowflakes in the air. It's also because it's the one and only time of the year we get to savor that tasty treat, eggnog!


    Eggnog may be one of the yuletide season's oldest beverages, and became a favorite of founding Americans. As far back as medieval Britain, people were sipping a hot, milky, ale-based drink they called posset. In the 13th century, monks were making a posset made with eggs and figs.


    In the 1700s, English immigrants coming to America brought eggnog recipes with them. The term eggnog supposedly comes from the word noggin, which was a wooden cup, and grog, which was a strong beer. Before long the recipe evolved so that it contained egg yolks, milk, and very often, alcohol. One of our founding fathers, George Washington, revered a recipe that was VERY heavy on the "grog"! It called for brandy, rye whiskey, rum, and sherry among the traditional ingredients. Today the holiday beverage typically is made with milk, cream, sugar, eggs, and spices.


    If you are going to add grog to your 'nog, be sure to drink responsibly and enjoy the seasonal cheer! And don't forget that my American made Jack's Moscow Mule Cup makes a fine vessel for sipping and savoring that eggnog, Christmas punch, or whatever else tickles your fancy during the holidays and year round!


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  • Enter Our Santa's Surplus Giveaway!

    Posted on December 14, 2015


    My old pallie up at the North Pole has a surprise to share with all of you good boys and girls that love American made goodies! "His" workshop elves have been working overtime and have five Jacob Bromwell items to give away to one lucky winner! This super special holiday prize package includes a Great American Flask, an Eastman Dog Bowl, a Traditional Pocket Knife, a Jack's Moscow Mule Cup, and a World Famous Grater.


    Would you like to win these items as gifts to yourself, or to give away to someone special this holiday season? Then head on over to the Facebook post, read the rules carefully, and then enter by this Thursday, December 17 at noon EST. We'll pick one winner by then and announce it on our page. Feel free to share the contest -- and good luck, folks!

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