On Thursday I took a little road trip to Historic Williamsburg. While I am not a NASCAR fan the mention of Chocolate and I was there. It was a perfect end of summer day so I did not mind the quiet in my car as I traveled to meet up with Kyle and Samantha Busch as well as a very entertaining Chef Rhys Lewis.
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S® Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesTM,made a pit stop in the Revolutionary City to experience Colonial Williamsburg’s engaging programming and culinary traditions and to meet with visitors. American Heritage Chocolate is a division of the Mars Company, thus the connection with Kyle Busch.
Walking up to the historic theatre I had my first close encounter with a NASCAR Car. The infamous M& M car no doubt. Told you this was all about the chocolate. While I was waiting outside to enter the program, they started up the car, I think my ears are still ringing. I would be impressed to see if any veteran NASCAR driver has much hearing left.
Having a “media status” was pretty cool. I was able to enter the theatre early and watched colonial chocolate history demonstrations with Rodney Snyder, Chocolate History Research Director, and American Heritage Chocolate. This would have been a great educational experience for my kids.
It was amazing to hear that American chocolate in the colonial times really was considered a wealthy ingredient and was used as an Adult Beverage, much different from todays. You would be amazed by the amount of spices included in the American Heritage Chocolate as well, including these spices available in the colonial times, cinnamon, nutmeg, chili pepper, orange, anise and Vanilla resulting in a mildly spicy and slightly sweet chocolate. I really felt for the woman making the chocolate she was rolling this pin for about 2 hours.
After brief introductions, the “entertainment” really started. Samantha Busch along with the hysterical and talented Chef Rhys Lewis demonstrated 2 recipes using this Heritage Chocolate. Samantha Busch, also of Italian heritage, I need to follow her blog, made a super easy and tasty chocolate bark recipe. The Chef made a more decadent truffle tart.
After the program we were able to stick around and meet everyone on stage and taste the items. Samantha Busch was very sweet and welcoming to our questions. My silly question was what she likes to do with M& M’s. She commented that she usually just makes cookies for the crew!
I now have a small stash of American Heritage Chocolate to enjoy and cook with. ANY SUGGESTIONS?
Don’t worry if you feel you missed this experience, today, September 7, 2013, Colonial Williamsburg’s talented culinary team, led by Chef Rhys Lewis and Historic Foodways’ Frank Clark, will join Kyle at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) to conduct cooking demonstrations and American Heritage Chocolate tastings before the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Chocolate lovers, history buffs and NASCAR fans alike can follow all the action online with #HistoryMeetsHorsepower and enter the Colonial Williamsburg sweepstakes for a chance to win a unique experience with Kyle Busch at http://bit.ly/historymeetshorsepower.